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[tee-kuhp] /ˈtiˌkʌp/
a cup in which tea is served, usually of small or moderate size.
tempest in a teacup / teapot, a disturbance or uproar about little or nothing:
The fight over who should become the next assistant treasurer of the organization is just a tempest in a teacup.
Also, storm in a teacup.
Origin of teacup
First recorded in 1690-1700; tea + cup Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "Of course I shall," she sobbed, while some tears dropped into Geoff's teacup.

    Great Uncle Hoot-Toot

    Mrs. Molesworth
  • "Only women cut their wisdom teeth on a teacup," Miss Gannion observed.

    The Dominant Strain Anna Chapin Ray
  • I had not thought of this, and I was afraid for the life of me to withdraw the teacup.

    Recollections David Christie Murray
  • The old lady also stared, her teacup suspended under her nose.

    The Promised Land Mary Antin
  • The Rector came towards her at once with a teacup in his hand.

    The Country House John Galsworthy
  • Why just one teacup, he wondered, here in the middle of nowhere?

    It Could Be Anything John Keith Laumer
  • He drank about half a teacup of it, and in an hour was asleep.

    The Grain Ship Morgan Robertson
British Dictionary definitions for teacup


a cup out of which tea may be drunk, larger than a coffee cup
Also called teacupful. the amount a teacup will hold, about four fluid ounces
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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