[ tee ]
/ ti /



    one's cup of tea, something suitable, appropriate, or attractive to one: Horror movies and westerns are just not my cup of tea.

Origin of tea

1590–1600; 1940–45 for def 9; < dialectal Chinese (Xiamen) t'e, akin to Chinese chá
Related formstea·less, adjective
Can be confusedtea tee
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Word Origin for tea

C17: from Chinese (Amoy) t'e, from Ancient Chinese d`a
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Idioms and Phrases with teas


see cup of tea; not for all the tea in china; tempest in a teapot.

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