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tea party

a social gathering, usually in the afternoon, at which tea and light refreshments are served.
(initial capital letters) a conservative political movement in the U.S. that opposes taxes and government spending: named in reference to the Boston Tea Party of 1773.
Origin of tea party
First recorded in 1770-80 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for tea party

tea party

a social gathering in the afternoon at which tea is served

Tea Party

(in the US) a political movement, associated with the right wing of the Republican Party, favouring reduction in taxation and government spending
Word Origin
C21: after the Boston Tea Party
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Word Origin and History for tea party

1778, from tea + party (n.). Political references to tea party all trace to the Boston tea party of 1773, in which radicals in Massachusetts colony boarded British ships carrying tea and threw the product into Boston Harbor in protest royal taxation. It has been a model for other libertarian political actions in the U.S. (mostly symbolic), including citizen gatherings begun in early 2009 to protest government spending.

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tea party

noun phrase

  1. A gathering where marijuana is smoked: Marijuana ''tea parties'' are little things (1940s+ Narcotics)
  2. An easy, pleasant, safe occasion •Most often used in the negative: It wasn't exactly a brawl, but the meeting was no tea party either (1960s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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