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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
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British Dictionary definitions for tempest in a teapot


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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Idioms and Phrases with tempest in a teapot

tempest in a teapot

Also, tempest in a teacup . A great disturbance or uproar over a matter of little or no importance. For example, All that because a handful of the thousand invited guests didn't show up? What a tempest in a teapot! This expression has appeared in slightly different forms for more than 300 years. Among the variations are storm in a cream bowl, tempest in a glass of water , and storm in a hand-wash basin . The British prefer storm in a teacup . The current American forms were first recorded in 1854. For a synonym, see much ado about nothing
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