cup of tea

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cup of tea an activity that you like or at which you are superior "chemistry is not my cup of tea","his bag now is learning to play golf","marriage was scarcely his dish"
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Quotations

  • Teiga
    Teiga
    “To the right, books; to the left, a tea-cup. In front of me, the fireplace; behind me, the post. There is no greater happiness than this.”
  • Cynthia Payne
    Cynthia Payne
    “I know it does make people happy, but to me it is just like having a cup of tea.”

Idioms

Not my cup of tea - If something is not your cup of tea, you don't like it very much.
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Usage

In literature:

He had heard somewhere that women took great comfort in a cup of tea.
"The Forbidden Trail" by Honoré Willsie
I happened to pass him a cup of tea.
"Pushed and the Return Push" by George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
We must have one more drive, one more cup of tea together before you leave.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 104, June, 1866" by Various
Chinaman give him a cup of tea this morning.
"The Young Miner" by Horatio Alger, Jr.
A quarter of an hour later I was in the drawing-room drinking a cup of tea.
"Paul Patoff" by F. Marion Crawford
And Marcus has promised to have a cup of tea and chat with me sometimes on his way home from the Models.
"Doctor Luttrell's First Patient" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
And not a cup of tea for him!
"The Dragon Painter" by Mary McNeil Fenollosa
Resolution lasted till the second cup of tea, and then he opened the letter.
"The Nebuly Coat" by John Meade Falkner
Of course the cup of tea came to instant grief.
"Red Rose and Tiger Lily" by L. T. Meade
Like an early cup of tea, gentlemen?
"Jack at Sea" by George Manville Fenn
But let us go up-stairs and have a cup of tea.
"Under the Waves" by R M Ballantyne
In the afternoon Aunt Priscilla came over for her cup of tea.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
The children's nurse poured herself out a cup of tea.
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, V. 5, April 1878" by Various
Now drink this cup of tea.
"The Girls at Mount Morris" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
He would often take twelve or fourteen cups of tea at a meal.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
I thought you might be glad of a cup of tea.
"The Privet Hedge" by J. E. Buckrose
Denise will bring you up a cup of tea.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
I will get you a cup of tea.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume VIII (of X)" by Various
I thought it might be sort of comfortin' to you to have a cup of tea.
"The Associate Hermits" by Frank R. Stockton
Well, here we are to Les Casquets, let's go in and perhaps your mother will give me a cup of tea.
"Where Deep Seas Moan" by E. Gallienne-Robin
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In poetry:

That's just my cup of tea, I thought,
Though for my sins I sorrow;
Since salvation is easy bought
I will repent . . . to-morrow.
"Repentance" by Robert W Service
A shudder on the ocean of tea in the cup
Rust taking hold
On the edges of our laughter
A snake coiled in the depths of the mirror
"Far Within Us #2" by Vasko Popa
"The glacier knocks in the cupboard,
The desert sighs in the bed,
And the crack in the tea-cup opens
A lane to the land of the dead.
"As I Walked Out One Evening" by W H Auden
And here you come, with a cup of tea
Wreathed in steam.
The blood jet is poetry,
There is no stopping it.
You hand me two children, two roses.
"Kindness" by Sylvia Plath
The Tea, that in the magic of its Flow
Anoints the Tongue to wag of So-and-So,
To gabble garbled Garrulousness ere
You lay the Cup and Saucer down and Go.
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin
The angel said 'Ee, thank you kindly I will,'
Well she had two or three cups of tea,
Three or four Sally Lunns, and a couple of buns -
Angels eat very lightly you see.
"Yorkshire Pudden" by Weston and Lee

In news:

The Mental Floss blog has compiled a weird quiz that's just my cup of sassafras tea: the Obscure Spices Quiz.
( If too much transparency is not your cup of tea, you may want to skip this.
John Banks, left, and John Key at their now infamous 'cup of tea' meeting.
If jumbo choruses, thrilling pianissimos and seismic organ swells are your cup of tea, you'll be in your happy place when the L.A. Return to The Guide listings.
Tim Armstrong's version may not be your cup of tea, but I post it here for a couple of reasons.
Will it be the Brits' cup of tea.
How to brew a great cup of tea.
It was so long ago that I actually can't remember the moment I tasted that first cup of tea.
My mother would let me have, what she said, was a cup of tea.
A Drink After Work Isn't Necessarily Everyone's Cup of Tea.
David Oliver Relin, co-author of the best-selling book "Three Cups of Tea," which drew allegations that parts of it were fabricated, has committed suicide in Oregon, authorities said.
'Three Cups of Tea' co-author David Oliver Relin dead at 49.
David Oliver Relin, co-author with Greg Mortenson of 'Three Cups of Tea,' has taken his own life after a battle with depression.
If you're looking to add some Asian flair to your decor, try a tea cup arrangement of oriental poppies.
00 in the morning after retiring at 3:10 is hardly anyone's cup of tea, but it enabled me to roll away from the rectory at 4:29 and take a 6:15 flight out of Love Field in Dallas.
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In science:

Bambleweeny 57 Sub-meson Brain coupled to an atomic vector plotter suspended in a strong Brownian Motion producer (say a nice hot cup of tea) (Adams, 1979, Chapt. 10).
The influence of parsimony and randomness on complexity growth in Tierra
The research of the third author has been supported in part by grants from the CUNY Research Foundation. 1See [Ani] for an instance of the argument at MathOverflow, which surely serves a brisk cup of math tea online.
Pointwise Definable Models of Set Theory
During our talk at his home over a cup of tea, he told me that he understood that he was wrong (with the magnetic theory) but Lin and Shu were probably, right.
West-Side Story (On the History of Density-Wave Spiral Theories in the 1960s)
Are a and d your cup of tea?, Acta Math., to appear.
On two problems of Erdos and Hechler: New methods in singular Madness
The process was likened to that operating in a stirred cup of tea, in which the tea slows on a timescale equal to the geometrical mean of Dicke’s global (viscous) diffusion time and the period of rotation3 .
Heliophysics gleaned from seismology
The analogy is not perfect, because, unlike a cup of tea, the sun is thermally strati fied, and spin-down is moderated via thermal diffusion, adding richness (i.e. complicating) the analysis (e.g.
Heliophysics gleaned from seismology
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