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teacup

[tee-kuhp] /ˈtiˌkʌp/
noun
1.
a cup in which tea is served, usually of small or moderate size.
2.
Idioms
3.
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
1690-1700
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 jumped from their saucers as it thumped on the board.

    Over the Teacups Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • 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.
  • We were sitting together in a very quiet way over our teacups.

    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.
  • She does not care a copper for the looks that are going round The teacups.

    Over the Teacups Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • Why may not some one of the lady teacups have played the part of a masculine lover?

    Over the Teacups Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • The young Doctor paused, and looked round among The teacups.

    Over the Teacups Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • She was nervous, could hardly reach the teacups from the shelves.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • It wouldn't be famous; you'd have to make use of the teacups, and they'd get broken.

British Dictionary definitions for teacups

teacup

/ˈtiːˌkʌp/
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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Slang definitions & phrases for teacups

teacups

Related Terms

ass over tincups

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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