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all the tea in China

A priceless amount or value; something of such great value that it cannot be quantified. Just a glimpse of your smile is worth all the tea in China to me.
See also: all, china, tea

What's that got to do with the price of tea in China?

A rhetorical question calling attention to a non-sequitur or irrelevant statement or suggestion made by another person. Yes, I agree that health care is an important issue, but what's that got to do with the price of tea in China? We're discussing tax incentives for local businesses—not exactly a related topic!
See also: of, price, tea, that

be not (one's) cup of tea

To not be something one prefers, desires, enjoys, or cares about. Thank you for the invitation, but long-distance cycling just isn't really my cup of tea. When I found out that reading wasn't his cup of tea, I knew that there wasn't much of a relationship in store between us.
See also: cup, not, of, tea

a storm in a teakettle

A disproportionate reaction of anger, concern, or displeasure over some minor or trivial matter. (A less common variant of "a tempest in a teacup/teapot.") If you ask me, these protests are nothing but a storm in a teakettle that's been stoked by a media campaign of misinformation. I really think you're making a storm in a teakettle over this. It's just a tiny scratch on the car!
See also: storm, teakettle

a tempest in a teakettle

A disproportionate reaction of anger, concern, or displeasure over some minor or trivial matter. (A less common variant of "a tempest in a teacup/teapot.") If you ask me, these protests are nothing but a tempest in a teakettle that's been stoked by a media campaign of misinformation. I really think you're making a tempest in a teakettle over this. It's just a tiny scratch on the car!
See also: teakettle, tempest

a storm in a teapot

A disproportionate reaction of anger, concern, or displeasure over some minor or trivial matter. (A less common variant of "a tempest in a teacup/teapot.") If you ask me, these protests are nothing but a storm in a teapot that's been stoked by a media campaign of misinformation. I really think you're making a storm in a teapot over this. It's just a tiny scratch on the car!
See also: storm, teapot

weak tea

slang Something that is particularly underwhelming or unimpressive. Many have felt like the president's run in office has been rather weak tea compared to the bold promises he made during his campaign.
See also: tea, weak

what does that have to do with the price of tea in China

A rhetorical question calling attention to a non-sequitur or irrelevant statement or suggestion made by another person. Yes, I agree that health care is an important issue, but what does that have to do with the price of tea in China? We're discussing tax incentives for local businesses—not exactly a related topic!
See also: china, does, have, of, price, tea, that, what

a storm in a teacup

A disproportionate reaction of anger, concern, or displeasure over some minor or trivial matter. If you ask me, these protests are nothing but a storm in a teacup that's been stoked by a media campaign of misinformation. I really think you're making a storm in a teacup over this. It's just a tiny scratch on the car!
See also: storm, teacup

a tempest in a teacup

A disproportionate reaction of anger, concern, or displeasure over some minor or trivial matter. If you ask me, these protests are nothing but a tempest in a teacup that's been stoked by a media campaign of misinformation. I really think you're making a tempest in a teacup over this. It's just a tiny scratch on the car!
See also: teacup, tempest

a tempest in a teapot

A disproportionate reaction of anger, concern, or displeasure over some minor or trivial matter. If you ask me, these protests are nothing but a tempest in a teapot that's been stoked by a media campaign of misinformation. I really think you're making a tempest in a teapot over this. It's just a tiny scratch on the car! The spy we captured is a tough nut; he hasn't said a thing since we began the interrogation.
See also: teapot, tempest

cup of tea

1. Something one prefers, desires, enjoys, or cares about. Often used in the negative to mean the opposite. I invited you because I thought long-distance cycling was your cup of tea. When I found out that reading wasn't his cup of tea, I knew that there wasn't much of a relationship in store between us.
2. Something to be addressed or managed. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. She did finish all of her chores, but her homework is another cup of tea altogether.
See also: cup, of, tea

tea and sympathy

A supportive display of sympathy for one who is upset. The image is that of one providing a cup of tea to someone to soothe them while listening to their troubles. I know you have a lot going on, but the least you can do is offer Hannah a little tea and sympathy during her time of grief.
See also: and, sympathy, tea

not (one's) cup of tea

Not something one prefers, desires, enjoys, or cares about. Thank you for the invitation, but long-distance cycling just isn't really my cup of tea. When I found out that reading wasn't his cup of tea, I knew that there wasn't much of a relationship in store between us.
See also: cup, not, of, tea

just one's cup of tea

Fig. to be something that one prefers or desires. til This spy novel is just my cup of tea. Teaching children to read is just my cup of tea.
See also: cup, just, of, tea

not for all the tea in China

Fig. not even if you rewarded me with all the tea in China; not for anything at all. No I won't do it—not for all the tea in China.
See also: all, china, not, tea

not one's cup of tea

Fig. not one's choice or preference. (Used to describe an activity you do not enjoy. Can sound somewhat affected.) You three visit the museum without me. Looking at fussy old paintings is not my cup of tea. Going to church, Mary said, was not her cup of tea.
See also: cup, not, of, tea

cup of tea, one's

Something that is in accord with one's liking or taste. For example, Quiz shows are just my cup of tea, or Baseball is not her cup of tea. The origin of this metaphorical expression has been lost, but the positive version-"he's my cup of tea"-has been used since the late 1800 and the negative- not one's cup of tea-since the 1920s.
See also: cup, of

not for all the tea in China

Not at any price, never, as in I wouldn't give up my car, not for all the tea in China. This term originated in Australia and alludes to the presumed huge quantity of tea in China. [Late 1800s] Also see for all the world; not for love or money.
See also: all, china, not, tea

tempest in a teapot

Also, tempest in a teacup. A great disturbance or uproar over a matter of little or no importance. For example, All that because a handful of the thousand invited guests didn't show up? What a tempest in a teapot! This expression has appeared in slightly different forms for more than 300 years. Among the variations are storm in a cream bowl, tempest in a glass of water, and storm in a hand-wash basin. The British prefer storm in a teacup. The current American forms were first recorded in 1854. For a synonym, see much ado about nothing.
See also: teapot, tempest

not be your cup of tea

COMMON If something or someone is not your cup of tea, you do not like them or feel interested in them. I've never been the greatest traveller. Sitting for hours on motorways is not really my cup of tea. He's attractive in a conventional way — he's just not my cup of tea. Note: You can also say that something or someone is your cup of tea when you like them or feel interested in them. I don't have much time for modern literature. Chaucer's more my cup of tea.
See also: cup, not, of, tea

a storm in a teacup

BRITISH
If you say that a situation is a storm in a teacup, you mean people are very upset or annoyed about something that is not at all important and will soon be forgotten. Parnell said that he thought the whole matter a storm in a teacup, and that it would pass quickly. Note: The usual American expression is a tempest in a teapot.
See also: storm, teacup

not for all the tea in China

If you say that you would not do something for all the tea in China, you mean that you definitely will not do it. I wouldn't go through that again for all the tea in China. He would not change his job for all the tea in China. Note: In the past, all tea came from China.
See also: all, china, not, tea

a tempest in a teapot

AMERICAN
If you describe a situation or an argument as a tempest in a teapot, you mean that people are very angry or upset about it, but it is not really important and will soon be over. He said that the argument over the painting was a tempest in a teapot. He believed that the agency's clash with the company was, in effect, a tempest in a teapot and that they would take appropriate action to calm the agency. Note: The usual British expression is a storm in a teacup.
See also: teapot, tempest

cup of tea

n. something preferred or desired. (Often negative.) Driving children around all afternoon is not my cup of tea.
See also: cup, of, tea

tea

1. n. liquor; alcoholic drink. Would you care for more tea?
2. n. urine. (Usually objectionable.) Is that tea on your pants leg?
3. n. marijuana. (Drugs.) Can’t you lay off that tea a while?

tea party

1. n. a wild drinking party. (Like the Mad Hatter’s party in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.) There was a loud tea party going on in the corner booth when Marlowe came in.
2. n. something easy; a pleasant and unstressful event. The test was a real tea party. No sweat.
See also: party, tea

cup of tea

1. Something that one excels in or enjoys: Opera is not my cup of tea.
2. A matter to be reckoned or dealt with: Recreational sport is relaxing. Professional sport is another cup of tea altogether.
See also: cup, of, tea