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umpty-umpth

and umpteenth (ˈəmptiˈəmpθ and ˈəmpˈtintθ)
mod. thousandth, billionth, zillionth, etc. (Represents some very large but indefinite number.) This is the umpty-umpth time I’ve told you to keep your dog out of my yard.

umpteenth

verb

for the umpteenth time

An uncountable or indefinitely large number of times. The word umpteen is an American coinage that was believed, by John Ciardi and several other writers, to have come from nineteenth-century Morse code. In an early version of the code, M, pronounced “umpty,” meant “many,” probably based on M, the Roman numeral for one thousand. To this was added “teen,” for “ten,” presumably now meaning tens of thousands or, simply, a very large number. The expression “for the umpteenth time,” usually pronounced with some exasperation, means in effect that one has said or done something time and again and is thoroughly tired of the repetition.
See also: time, umpteenth
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The onlookers witnessed the gory scene and could do nothing to stop the attacker from stabbing her umpteenth time.
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