- a cup of tea.
Origin of cuppa
1920–25; reduced form of cup of (tea)
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Examples from the Web for cuppa
I'd try a soup, a mutton sandwich, and a cuppa cawfee for eight cents, if I was you.Winnie Childs
C. N. Williamson
- British informal a cup of tea
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Word Origin and History for cuppa
colloquial shortening of cup of (coffee, etc.), recorded from 1925; as a stand-alone (almost always with implied tea) it dates from 1934.
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