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for the umpteenth time
An expression of frustration, usually when one has already done something many times before and is irritated to have to do it again. "Umpteenth" means an indefinitely or innumerably large amount, usually used for sarcastic or hyperbolic emphasis, as in this phrase. For the umpteenth time, we are not stopping for ice cream! Tom came over and checked on our progress for the umpteenth time today. I know he's anxious to finish the project, but I wish he would lay off a bit!
Indefinitely or innumerably large in amount. (Used for sarcastic or hyperbolic emphasis.) For the umpteenth time, we are not stopping for ice cream! I'm sorry for snapping at you like that, but you're the umpteenth person to come ask me about the issue today.
Indefinitely or innumerably large in amount. An old-fashioned variant of "umpteenth." (Used for sarcastic or hyperbolic emphasis.) For the umpty-umpth time, we are not stopping for ice cream! I'm sorry for snapping at you like that, but you're the umpty-umpth person to come ask me about the issue today.
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umpty-umpthand 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.
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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.
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer