a social gathering, usually in the afternoon, at which tea and light refreshments are served.
(initial capital letters) a conservative political movement in the U.S. that opposes taxes and government spending: named in reference to the Boston Tea Party of 1773.
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How to use tea party in a sentence
That’s long been true of the tea party right, and I’m afraid it is where too many Democrats are now.Battle over $1.9 trillion covid relief package is as much about political optics as economic necessity | Steven Pearlstein | February 3, 2021 | Washington Post
The tea party movement that emerged over the next few years was driven by activists who sought to leverage grass-roots fury to enact conservative economic policy.The Republican Party tries to figure out the path forward | Philip Bump | February 2, 2021 | Washington Post
Liberals, with bitter memories of the tea party movement, are already girding for this.The Trailer: Seven questions for the new political year | David Weigel | January 21, 2021 | Washington Post
The funding sources for the tea party movement are still around, as are some of its key organizations, but their activists have moved on.
Castle lost the GOP nomination to tea party activist and blurtmeister Christine O’Donnell.Lovely, little Delaware — long famous for corporations, chickens and credit cards — is ready for its big moment | Karen Heller | January 12, 2021 | Washington Post
A year before he had similarly arrived with news of the Boston tea party.
Senseless bureaucracy is part of what spawned the tea party.
Some imagine Senator Elizabeth Warren as the charismatic leader of a progressive version of the “tea party.”
Your move, supposedly not Tea-Party-fevered Governor John Kasich.
A year before Government Bullies, he published The tea party Goes to Washington.
You think that if a man's charming, that's the end of him, and that all he's good for is to amuse a few old ladies at a tea party.First Plays | A. A. Milne
The parlour, having once been a ware-room, was unusually large and well adapted for a tea-party.The Garret and the Garden | R.M. Ballantyne
It is not over the virtues of a curate-and-tea-party novel that people are abashed into high resolutions.The Pocket R.L.S. | Robert Louis Stevenson
Worby remembered hearing the old lady tell this dream at a tea-party in the house of the chapter clerk.A Thin Ghost and Others | M. R. (Montague Rhodes) James
You cite the case of some who are admirable tea-party oracles, but who cannot utter half a dozen sentences in the tribune.The Petty Troubles of Married Life, Complete | Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for tea party (1 of 2)
a social gathering in the afternoon at which tea is served
British Dictionary definitions for Tea Party (2 of 2)
(in the US) a political movement, associated with the right wing of the Republican Party, favouring reduction in taxation and government spending
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