if I had (some monetary unit) for every time (something happened)

if I had (some monetary unit) for every time (something happened)

cliché Used to indicate a very frequent occurrence of something happening. Usually used in conjunction with some expression that one would be rich as a result of receiving money for all such instances. A: "Hey, Paul, listen to this! I've got a great idea to get rich!" B: "Here we go again. I'd be a rich man if I had a nickel for every time I had to listen to one of your harebrained schemes!" Oh, yuck! If I had a dollar for every time people left their dogs' poop on the sidewalk in this neighborhood, I'd be a millionaire! No, I can't raise your salary! I tell you, if I had a dime for every employee who came in here asking for more money, I'd be retired by now!
See also: every, for, if, monetary, time
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