- 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
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Examples from the Web for teacups
There were some great discussions on art, over the teacups after supper.Cap'n Eri
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
The Teacups of whom the least has been heard at our table are the Tutor and the Musician.
The teacups jumped from their saucers as it thumped on the board.
I have been the reporter, as you have seen, of my own conversation and that of the other Teacups.
We were sitting together in a very quiet way over our teacups.
- 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
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