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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. She did finish all of her chores, but her homework is another cup of tea altogether.
See also: cup, 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.
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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

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
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Orders came through mobile calls or texts and she delivered to their houses, often over a cup of tea.
Having Sharon as my mentor is amazing; she gave me a massive hug and even made me a cup of tea.
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Worcester, on Tuesday to find a man in his kitchen who engaged him in conversation, asking for a cup of tea and some money.
Having a cup of tea is the traditional way to soothe someone who may be feeling low or upset but there are many ingredients in the drink that can work as stress busters.
He claims his wife stabbed him in the stomach after they argued when she refused his offer of a cup of tea and he then stabbed her in the neck with a knife.
It also took slightly longer to darken and needs a bit more coaxing and stirring to get that perfect cuppa, but the end result is a good, strong cup of tea, packed full of flavour.
While they worked, I heated water, and students would periodically take a break and partake of a cup of tea.
Nick Park, creator of Wallace & Gromit, said: "A quintessentially British tea party is just my cup of tea and a really easy and fun way to raise money for sick children.
Known throughout the world of Poker as the 'Poker Brat', Phil is not everyone's cup of tea as he is an excellent poker player, but a notoriously bad loser who is prone to tantrums when things do not go his way.
Researchers have proved what generations of Britons already believed; having a cup of tea helps in a crisis.
You raise your cup of tea To toast a thirty-year-old memory, in
Susie, whose trademark in the house was her non-stop call for a brew, said: "I always have a cup of tea by my side.