Going nineteen to the dozen

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Going nineteen to the dozen : Phrases


Something or someone is going at breakneck speed.



This phrase goes back to the time of the Cornish tin and copper mines. These mines were often hit by floods. In the 18th century coal powered, steam driven pumps were installed to clear the water. When working maximally the pumps could clear nineteen thousand gallons of water for every twelve bushels of coal.

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