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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

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

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

not somebody's cup of tea

not what someone likes or is interested in I realize a fantasy computer game is not everyone's cup of tea, but this one is amazing.
Usage notes: also used without not: I like suspense in movies. It's my cup of tea.
See also: cup, not, of, tea

not be somebody's cup of tea

if someone or something is not your cup of tea, you do not like them or you are not interested in them If Yeats isn't your cup of tea, why not try some of the more contemporary Irish poets?
See also: cup, of, tea

tea and sympathy

  (old-fashioned)
kindness and sympathy that you show to someone who is upset Sometimes people want practical advice and sometimes they just want tea and sympathy.
See also: and, sympathy, tea

would not do something for all the tea in China

  (old-fashioned)
if you say that you would not do something for all the tea in China, you mean that nothing could persuade you to do it I wouldn't be a teacher for all the tea in China.
See also: all, china, 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

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