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cup of joe

A cup of coffee. Though the true origin is unknown, "joe" as a synonym for coffee is theorized to either be a shortening of "jamoke" (a combination of Java and Mocha, two major suppliers of coffee beans), or as a reference to it being the drink of the ordinary man (i.e., the "average joe"). Primarily heard in US, South Africa. I can't even function in the morning until I've had my first cup of joe.
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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.
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be in (one's) cups

To be drunk. Do you remember last night at the bar at all? You were really in your cups!
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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!
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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!
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cup (one's) hands together

To hold one's hands together to catch something (typically a liquid) in them. After crying so much, I cupped my hands together under the running water and splashed my face.
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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. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. She did finish all of her chores, but her homework is another cup of tea altogether.
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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.
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cup one's hands together

to put one's hands together to form a sort of cup. He cupped his hands together and scooped up the water. You have to cup your hands together if you want a drink.
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in one's cups

Euph. drunk. She doesn't make much sense when she's in her cups. The speaker—who was in his cups—could hardly be understood.
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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.
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My cup runneth over.

Prov. I have received so many benefits that I cannot contain them all. (Said when you feel overcome because many good things have happened to you.) This week, I finished paying off my mortgage, my arthritis improved, and my first grandchild was born. My cup runneth over. Janet was speechless with happiness when she saw how many of her friends and relatives had joined together to give her a surprise party. "My cup runneth over," she finally said.
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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.
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There's many a slip 'twixt the cup and the lip

. Prov. Many things may happen to prevent you from carrying out what you intend to do. Bob: Now that I have a contract with a publisher, nothing in the world can stop me from writing this book. Alan: Don't be so sure. There's many a slip 'twixt the cup and the lip.
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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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in one's cups

Drunk, as in You can't believe anything he says when he's in his cups. [Early 1600s]
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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.
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there is many a slip twixt cup and lip

LITERARY
If you say there is many a slip twixt cup and lip, you mean that plans often go wrong before they are completed so you cannot be sure of what will happen. The building is due for completion in September, but as they say, there's many a slip twixt cup and lip. Note: People sometimes just say there's many a slip, or change the second half of the expression. But there's many a slip twixt now and the eight or nine months it will take the company to design and reopen a new café. Note: `Twixt' is an old-fashioned word meaning `between'.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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in (one's) cups

Intoxicated; drunk.
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my cup runneth over

Blessed with an overwhelming quantity of good things. The phrase comes from the twenty-third Psalm that begins “The Lord is my shepherd”: “Thou annointest my head with oil; My cup runneth over.” This expression of an image of an overflowing bounty was once far more prevalent than it now is, primarily because there's now far less familiarity with the Bible.
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References in classic literature ?
The man saluted and hurried off; and Grayne, following his friend into the library, found him beside the bookstand in the middle of the room, on which were the empty cups.
Two men with two coffee cups did go into the library and did put their cups on the bookstand and did go together to the well, and one of them was a murderer and had put poison in the other's cup.
I had already an ugly, unformed idea of some substitution or reversal of parts; then I stooped to turn the bookstand myself, by accident, and I instantly knew everything, for I saw the two cups revolve once more, like moons in the sky.
The cup went round amid the well-dissembled applause of the courtiers, which, however, failed to make the impression on the mind of the Saxon that had been designed.
The Saxon replied not to this politic insinuation, but, rising up, and filling his cup to the brim, be addressed Prince John in these words:
We'll `tak a cup o' kindness yet for auld lang syne.
Bitterness is in the cup even of the best love: thus doth it cause longing for the Superman; thus doth it cause thirst in thee, the creating one!
He drank the cup about half out, still keeping an eye upon me as he drank; and then suddenly held out his hand.
He fetched another cup from the shelf; and then, to my great surprise, instead of drawing more beer, he poured an accurate half from one cup to the other.
Nor should I care to be seen wearing one of the rings; but the greatest fraud of all (from the aforesaid standpoint) is assuredly that very cup of which Raffles had spoken.
The cup itself appealed to me no more than it had done before.
And my good, credulous, open-hearted friend,' said Sir John, setting down his cup, and laughing,--'by whom?
The knight laid down his paper fan, replaced his cup upon the table at his side, and, saving for the smile that lurked about his mouth, looked at the locksmith with as much steadiness as the locksmith looked at him.
Corney was about to solace herself with a cup of tea.
The small teapot, and the single cup, had awakened in her mind sad recollections of Mr.