cup of tea, one's

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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
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Martin Allan I actually have to turn the sound down when the theme tune is on but well done to them anyway just not my cup of tea Helen Clayton
They would arrive and very soon go A colleague of mine created such a racket They carried him off in a strait jacket Working in the North Sea I suppose at times did help me It was a means to an end no not my cup of tea GEORGE McLANDERS
"From my point of view that's not my cup of tea. I don't think that's what people want to watch, throwing themselves to the ground trying to get players sent off.
"I didn't enjoy Premier League if I'm honest, they're not my cup of tea really and these are.
I have even tried vegetarian "beefburgers, sausages and sausage rolls" but they are not my cup of tea.
I think that's all ended - but you never know" Veteran film star Clint Eastwood recalls his eventful love life "If Remain win by a narrow majority, or if Leave win, Cameron is toast within days" Tory MP Nadine Dorries "He is not my cup of tea. I found him really irritating when I coached against him, but that is just a personal thing" Former Manchester United star Roy Keane on Jose Mourinho
I don't really see the point in it Lorraine Rothwell I don't go not my cup of tea Matt Charles Master
It's not my cup of tea, but it's a fun show if you like that sort of thing.
It's not my cup of tea but I'm in awe of it as a structure, a truly amazing sight as it sailed into Southampton and dwarfed everything for miles.
That's just not my cup of tea. How do I say I'm not into all that without people looking down at me?
Although Britney is not my cup of tea, for the money we paid for the tickets I thought I would at least see a spectacular perfor1mance.
"But I love the History Channel and Discovery's Health and Science channels and I love random facts like, where does the phrase, 'Not my cup of tea,' come from?
After Cosa Beoga's performance she said: "Shock, horror we have more of the same from Daithi, I can't find fault with these guys, they did a brilliant job but this is not my cup of tea at all.
I am crippled on one side from a stroke, and the other hand--my strong side--has arthritis, so bigbore guns are not my cup of tea. Also, I'm five foot, five inches and 150 pounds, so concealing a cannon isn't very easy, especially during our summers.