tea-bag

[tee-bag]

Origin of tea-bag

from its resemblance to dipping a tea bag in a cup of hot water

tea bag

noun
  1. a container of thin paper or cloth holding a measured amount of tea leaves for making an individual serving of tea.

Origin of tea bag

First recorded in 1900–05
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Contemporary Examples of tea-bag

  • The crafty ones might make Lipton tea-bag earrings or festive patriotic embroidered sweaters.

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    Tea Party Fashion

    Rebecca Dana

    April 14, 2010

  • From Revolutionary War chic to tea-bag earrings, Rebecca Dana on what to wear to an anti-Obama protest.

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    Tea Party Fashion

    Rebecca Dana

    April 14, 2010

  • And in their economic and cultural views, both are light years away from the tea-bag GOP.

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    The Republicans' Reagan Amnesia

    Peter Beinart

    February 1, 2010

  • Try convincing the tea-bag crowd that the U.S. should cut its greenhouse gasses more than China does.

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    China's Upper Hand

    Peter Beinart

    November 16, 2009

Historical Examples of tea-bag


British Dictionary definitions for tea-bag

tea bag

noun
  1. a small bag of paper or cloth containing tea leaves, infused in boiling water to make tea
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