I’d buy that for a dollar

Meaning

What does I’d buy that for a dollar mean?

You’d say it when something is really great, whether it is a person, a thing, a place etc.

In other words, the thing is so good that you would be willing to spend money on it.

It is a famous catchphrase said by the character “Bixby Snyder” in the movie Robocop, 1987. During his line, he is usually surrounded by good-looking women, and the catchphrase is often a sexual reference.

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Origin

What's the origin of I’d buy that for a dollar?

The catchphrase seems to be inspired by the 1951 science fiction story “The Marching Morons”, by Cyril M. Kornbluth, where a similar phrase; “Would you buy it for a quarter?” is said in a similar situation.

However, the catchphrase “I’d buy it for a dollar” was a running joke, created specifically for the Robocop movie.

Spread & Usage

How did I’d buy that for a dollar spread?

The catchphrase is greatly celebrated by the Robocop fanbase, and many seem to especially remember that one line from the film.

On Youtube you can find multiple 4-10 second videos with the particular scene where Bixby Snyder says his famous line, exclusively.

The catchphrase has also been made into memes, with either a cut out of the original movie, or the catchphrase added to other images.

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