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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.
in sympathy (with something)
In tandem with something; at the same time as and because of something else. The data clearly show that rates of depression rise in sympathy with rates of unemployment. The European stock market suffered another day of large losses in sympathy with concerns of rising interest rates in America.
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out of sympathy with (someone or something)
1. Not in agreement with or having an understanding of someone or something. It's clear, however, that the political party is out of sympathy with the eccentric senator, as many of his peers have called on him to resign. The vast majority of local people are now out of sympathy with the cause of the protesters, as the demonstration has done nothing but inconvenience them.
2. Because one has a deep understanding of, allegiance to, or sympathetic feelings towards someone or something. She declined to press charges against the man out of sympathy with his family. I don't think they are taking our case out of sympathy with our cause, but rather because they know that they can win.
extend one's sympathy (to someone)
to express sympathy to someone. (A very polite and formal way to tell someone that you are sorry about a misfortune.) Please permit me to extend my sympathy to you and your children. I'm very sorry to hear of the death of your husband. Let's extend our sympathy to Bill Jones, who is in the hospital with a broken leg. We should send him some flowers.
one's deepest sympathy
one's very sincere sympathy. I am so sorry about the death of your father. You have my deepest sympathy. She sent her deepest sympathy to the family.