mile a minute, a

Very rapidly, as in She was talking a mile a minute about the accident. This expression, alluding to the literal speed of 60 miles per hour, dates from the mid-1900s, when that speed was considered very fast, but it has survived into times of much greater velocity.


Nearby words

  1. mildewproof,
  2. mildly,
  3. mildness,
  4. mildred,
  5. mile,
  6. mile-marker,
  7. mileage,
  8. mileage ticket,
  9. milelong,
  10. mileometer

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