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tea and sympathy

A supportive display of sympathy for one who is upset. The image is that of one providing a cup of tea to someone to soothe them while listening to their troubles. I know you have a lot going on, but the least you can do is offer Hannah a little tea and sympathy during her time of grief.
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extend one's sympathy (to someone)

to express sympathy to someone. (A very polite and formal way to tell someone that you are sorry about a misfortune.) Please permit me to extend my sympathy to you and your children. I'm very sorry to hear of the death of your husband. Let's extend our sympathy to Bill Jones, who is in the hospital with a broken leg. We should send him some flowers.
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one's deepest sympathy

one's very sincere sympathy. I am so sorry about the death of your father. You have my deepest sympathy. She sent her deepest sympathy to the family.
See also: deep, sympathy

tea and sympathy

hospitality and consolation offered to a distressed person.
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in ˈsympathy with something

(written) happening because something else has happened: Share prices slipped again today, in sympathy with the German market.
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out of ˈsympathy with somebody/something

(written) not agreeing with or not wanting to support somebody/something: It is generally believed that he is out of sympathy with government policies.
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Despite the frequency of sympathy between characters, whether it is begrudgingly experienced or explicitly requested, many studies of sympathy in Frankenstein either focus on or conclude with the reader's alternating sympathies, which are typically strongest for the monster.
PRINCETON, NJ -- For the nearly 20 years Gallup has been tracking Americans' sympathies in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, more Americans have continually sided with Israelis.
Our thoughts and sympathies are with him and his family.
I am sure that the sympathies of everybody will go to his wife and family and to his work colleagues.
I don't deny sympathy for the striking men and women on those picket lines,'' Lockyer explains, ``but I can separate those sympathies from the duty to do my job in a careful and prudent way.
Our sympathies reveal what we privilege in reading Joyce, and Vesala-Varttala leaves it to us to consider the implications of our approaches.
The city of Dundee sends its sincere sympathies to the families of those involved.
Sawyer, chairman of NeTrue extended sympathies on behalf of the company, "We are saddened by the loss of our colleague in China and offer our deepest sympathy to his family.
Deepest sympathies to Pam, Bobby, Peter and Sallyann on the sad loss of your mum Nellie.
Sawyer, Chairman of NeTrue, extended sympathies on behalf of the company: "We are saddened by the loss of our colleague in China and offer our deepest sympathy to his family.
Deepest sympathies to Joan and Family on the sad loss of your husband Charlie, also to brothers Ronnie, Frank and Vinnie.
com for people to share their grief and to help express their sympathies for the families of the departed.
With deepest sympathies to Tracy, Andy and Kids and all the Rainford Family at this very sad time.