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(as) useful as a chocolate teapot

Utterly useless (because pouring boiling water into a chocolate teapot would melt it). That umbrella is stuck inside out, so it's about as useful as a chocolate teapot right now.
See also: chocolate, teapot, useful

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

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!
See also: teapot, tempest

smash the teapot

To resume drinking alcohol after a time of sobriety. The "teapot" here is likely a reference to the term "teetotaler"—one who does not drink alcohol. A: "But Paul's been sober for years. Has he really smashed the teapot?" B: "Yes! I saw him drunkenly stumbling out of the pub last night."
See also: smash, teapot
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

tempest in a teacup

 and tempest in a teapot
an argument or disagreement over a very minor matter. The entire issue of who was to present the report was just a tempest in a teapot. The argument at the office turned into a tempest in a teacup. No one really cared about the outcome.
See also: teacup, tempest
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

tempest in a teapot, a

A storm over a trifle; much ado about nothing. This expression has appeared in slightly varying forms for hundreds of years—a storm in a cream bowl (1678 letter from the duke of Ormond to the earl of Arlington), a tempest in a glass of water (the grand duke Paul of Russia, ca. 1790), a storm in a hand-wash basin (Lord Thurlow, ca. 1830), and, throughout much of the nineteenth century, a storm in a teacup (still preferred in Britain). In the twentieth century it changed to its present form, at least in America.
See also: tempest
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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Whether this remark bore reference to the husband, or the teapot, is uncertain.
Habiba and Tariq al Khabouri are fascinated by teapots and have a sizeable collection of these.
Teapots were regularly made to commemorate FA Cup winners in the first half of the 20th century.
It was while rummaging in the old Accord Hospice store in Abercorn Street that Paisley woman Margaret McGregor Oliver stumbled upon some old catering teapots that once belonged to the town's closure-threatened Thomas Coats Memorial Church.
Industry executives and analysts said nearly 40 private refiners, often called "teapots" - which account for a fifth of China's almost 10 million barrels per day (bpd) in crude oil imports - are losing money and market share.
In 1954, it no longer produced teapots, kitchenware and dinnerware and only made tiles.
To celebrate its 40th anniversary at the pinnacle of motorsport, the French automotive manufacturer has revived an anecdote from the past by creating 40 limited edition "Yellow Teapots".
Enthusiasts at the Newcastle saleroom of auctioneers Anderson and Garland were joined by 125 online bidders from around the world for what was believed to be the biggest single collection of teapots to be sold at auction in the UK.
Mr Miller wrote two books on the subject - "The Anthology of British Teapots" and "Teapots and Coffee Pots".
You can also put a modern twist on tradition by serving cocktails and bubbly in the teapots and cups.
From a retro geometric masterpiece to a cute and ditsy flowerpot, there are so many teapots to choose from, it might take some time, so don't let your tea go cold while you're browsing.
Midnight dahlia filled bell jar candle, PS12, BHS Dark amber aromatic candle, PS19.99, Zara Large tumble candle, PS22.75, YANKEE CANDLE Birdcage four-cup teapot, PS11.99, Amazon I'm so glad teapots have come back in vogue.
As the major clay for producing various types of Zisha teapots, purple clay with a high iron content has a purple-red-brown colour.
It belongs to old friend Margaret Brier, of Linthwaite, and is one of the commemorative pewter teapots that were given to customers of Kirkheaton Co-op to mark its centenary in 1934.