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not for all the tea in China

Not for any reason or incentive whatsoever; not for anything. China has historically been one of the world's largest tea producers. But I absolutely love this jacket—I wouldn't sell it, not for all the tea in China! I'm never flying through that airport again! Not for all the tea in China!
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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, for, not, tea
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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, for, not, tea
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.

not for all the tea in China

If you say that you would not do something for all the tea in China, you mean that you definitely will not do it. I wouldn't go through that again for all the tea in China. He would not change his job for all the tea in China. Note: In the past, all tea came from China.
See also: all, china, for, not, tea
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

not for all the tea in China

not at any price; certainly not! informal
See also: all, china, for, not, tea
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not for all the tea in China

Not at any price. Eminent lexicographers agree that this term originated in Australia in the 1890s and soon spread to the rest of the tea-drinking English-speaking world. The OED cites K. Tennant’s Ride on, Stranger (1943): “I’m not going to stand in my girl’s light for all the tea in China.”
See also: all, china, for, not, tea
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