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tea leaf

noun
1.
the dried leaf of the tea shrub, used to make tea
2.
(usually pl) shredded parts of these leaves, esp after infusion
3.
(Brit & Austral, slang) a thief
Word Origin
sense 3 rhyming slang
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  • Her shawl looked particularly like a tea-leaf after long infusion.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • The leaves are large and do not bear the slightest resemblance to the tea-leaf.

  • A wide, shallow cup is the best kind to use for tea-leaf divination—white if possible.

  • A good deal of practice is necessary before the tea-leaf symbols can be accurately interpreted at a glance.

  • The tea-leaf symbols are obstinately unfavourable, and display ominous signs of forthcoming sorrow.

  • Soak a tea-leaf a few minutes in warm water; unroll the leaf and attach it to a white card, for study.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway
  • A tea-leaf means the same thing, its length denoting whether the stranger will be short or tall.

    The Myths and Fables of To-Day

    Samuel Adams Drake
  • She could not join in the chit-chat which went on under the benevolent influence of the tea-leaf, the great untier of tongues.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost

    William Frend De Morgan

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