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teacup

[tee-kuhp]
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noun
  1. a cup in which tea is served, usually of small or moderate size.
  2. a teacupful.
Idioms
  1. 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
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Examples from the Web for teacups

Historical Examples

  • 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.

    Over the Teacups

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • The teacups jumped from their saucers as it thumped on the board.

    Over the Teacups

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • I have been the reporter, as you have seen, of my own conversation and that of the other Teacups.

    Over the Teacups

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • We were sitting together in a very quiet way over our teacups.

    Over the Teacups

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.


British Dictionary definitions for teacups

teacup

noun
  1. a cup out of which tea may be drunk, larger than a coffee cup
  2. Also called: teacupful the amount a teacup will hold, about four fluid ounces
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