a dollar gets a dime that you're calling about the rent

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Hi, everyone! I got a sentence in my studying material that I don't understand.
The conversation goes:

A: Hello, Nicole here. Who's calling, please?
B: Hey, Nicole. It's Richard. I'm pretty sure you know why I'm calling.
A: Yes, a dollar gets a dime that you're calling about the rent. - What does this mean?
B: Nicole, for the second month in a row, your rent is late.
A: I thought you said there is a grace period.
B: No, I didn't. There was no grace period last month, this month, or any month.

Here's the link for it.
  • cyberpedant

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    English USA, Northeast, NYC
    If it had been put the other way around ("a dime will get you a dollar") I would understand that as saying "the odds are ten to one that you're calling about the rent." But it doesn't make much sense as it is.


    English - US
    Hi SuperXw,

    I believe the saying "a dollar gets a dime" is a dead metaphor, or cliche, from gambling, meaning "the likelihood is very high."

    It seems to refer to "ten-to-one" odds (from the ratio $1 / $.10), in which the probability of an event is 10/11. Thus, in this conversation, Nicole is saying it's extremely likely that Richard is calling about the rent.
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