tea party

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  1. a social gathering, usually in the afternoon, at which tea and light refreshments are served.

  2. (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.

Origin of tea party

First recorded in 1770–80

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British Dictionary definitions for tea party (1 of 2)

tea party

  1. a social gathering in the afternoon at which tea is served

British Dictionary definitions for Tea Party (2 of 2)

Tea Party

  1. (in the US) a political movement, associated with the right wing of the Republican Party, favouring reduction in taxation and government spending

Origin of Tea Party

C21: after the Boston Tea Party

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