the dried leaf of the tea shrub, used to make tea
(usually plural) shredded parts of these leaves, esp after infusion
British and Australian slang a thief
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How to use tea leaf in a sentence
Where does this “Arab tea leaf” come from, according to the talking heads?Chinese Getting Hooked on the Middle East's Favorite Drug | Brendon Hong | October 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The mortgage interest deduction is big money, and today there is a tea leaf for us to read.
This contest is already being used as a proxy for the November general election, with tea-leaf reading being in ample supply.Scott Walker Won Because He Took Action Against Soaring Pension Costs | Zachary Karabell | June 6, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The only problem with all the tea-leaf reading that next Tuesday will bring is that it will be meaningless.
The Colonel was coming round; the rest, or the ointment, or the tea-leaf poultice, had been good for snowblindness.The Magnetic North | Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
Real tea-leaf tea alone contains the restorative they want; which is not to be found in sloe-leaf tea.Notes on Nursing | Florence Nightingale
Ah, she said one day, pointing to a tea leaf floating in one of the cups, theres to be a visitor today.Anecdotes of the Great War | Carleton Britton Case
In the proposed United States tea-adulteration law a maximum of 8% of total ash is allowed for tea-leaf.Legal Chemistry | A. Naquet
The leaves are large and do not bear the slightest resemblance to the tea-leaf.Three Years in Western China | Alexander Hosie