Posted by Steve E on May 23, 2005
In Reply to: The tea in China posted by Smokey Stover on May 23, 2005
: : : "for all the tea in China"... this is a negative sarcastic remark, correct?
: : Yes. From a previous discussion:
: : Since China is a large country, it would contain a lot of tea -- and the tea would be worth a tremendous amount if it were made available on the world market. "All the tea in China" therefore translates to a considerable fortune. If you said "I wouldn't do that for all the tea in China," it means: I wouldn't do that even if you paid me an enormous fortune.
: Negative, yes. Sarcastic, no. SS
I agree with SS. It's not sarcastic but rather is meant to impart the scope or degree to which one would not do something.