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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.
See also: cup, of

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

not one's cup of tea

It doesn’t suit one, it isn’t to one’s taste. The ultimate origin of this term is not known, although it definitely is British. Tea had become an immensely popular beverage in Europe by the mid-eighteenth century, and the positive version—he or she is my cup of tea—was used from the late nineteenth century. The negative is slightly newer, from the 1920s. Josephine Tey used it in The Franchise Affair (1948): “Probably she isn’t your cup of tea. You have always preferred them a little stupid, and blonde.”
See also: cup, not, of, tea
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To vary this 24 million times would necessitate adding everything from eye of newt to toe of frog which is not my cup of tea. Which brings me to what is my cup of tea: mug of boiling water and dip the tea bag rapidly 16 times.
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.
Just my cup of tea: Wallace and Gromit with Callum, a patient at Birmingham Children's Hospital, during the Great British Tea Party launch event on a narrowboat in Brindleyplace, Birmingham.
Set in a tea shop, Just My Cup of Tea is a two-hour variety show with traditional entertainment values - good clean comedy, sketches, magic, singing and audience participation.
NJust My Cup Of Tea is at the Customs House on August 6 Tickets are pounds 7 and pounds 5 from (0191) 454 1234
Explaining that he had had to have temporary caps fitted to conceal the injury, he said: "They dropped off in my cup of tea last night."