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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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in sympathy (with something)

In tandem with something; at the same time as and because of something. The data clearly shows that rates of depression rise in sympathy with rates of unemployment. The European stock market suffered another day of large losses in sympathy with concerns of rising interest rates in the US.
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out of sympathy with (someone or something)

1. Not in agreement with or having an understanding of someone or something. It's clear, however, that the political party is out of sympathy with the eccentric senator, as many of his peers have called on him to resign. The vast majority of local people are now out of sympathy with the cause of the protesters, as the demonstration has done nothing but inconvenience them.
2. Because one has a deep understanding of, allegiance to, or sympathetic feelings toward someone or something. She declined to press charges against the man out of sympathy with his family. I don't think they are taking our case out of sympathy with our cause, but rather because they know that they can win.
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extend (one's) sympathy to (someone)

To share one's condolences with someone. I'm so sorry to hear about your sister's passing. Please extend my sympathy to your mother as well.
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(one's) deepest sympathy

One's most heartfelt, sincere condolences. Sometimes said as a set response to someone sharing their misfortunes. A: "I'm not going to be able to come in to work today. I just found out that my father passed away." B: "My deepest sympathies—please, take all the time that you need." We were so saddened to hear about the passing of your sweet brother. Please send our deepest sympathies to the rest of your family.
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extend (one's) sympathy

To share one's condolences. I'm so sorry to hear about your sister's passing. Please extend my sympathy to your mother as well. Don't worry, I extended your sympathy in my card too.
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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.
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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.
See also: something, sympathy

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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The result indicated that both information and sympathy based crisis responses from the organization had a significantly positive impact on the reputation of the organization and secondary crisis communication, whereas, user-generated both information and sympathy based crisis responses held an insignificant impact on the reputation of the organization and secondary crisis communication.
Lobis theorizes that the seventeenth century is the perfect period on which to focus his revised history of sympathy because at this time the most pronounced reworking of the concept occurs.
Deepest sympathy to our friend Pat, Abigail and Greg on the sad loss of a loving husband and dad.
Moving this line of inquiry in a productive new direction, Mary Fairclough's new work (shortlisted for the BARS first book prize) asks what the concept of sympathy might have to tell us about Romantic-era understandings (and misunderstandings) of group behavior.
Lee's attention, in both her fiction and personal writing, to the question of "how we feel for each other and for things" (31) provides an apt case study of the exploration of sympathy in literary form, and her work charts a course to Martin's conclusion that feelings of sympathy comprise a formal element of modernist fictions.
She explores comments that writers, politicians and philosophers such as Edmund Burke, William Godwin, Mary Wollstonecraft, Adam Smith, David Hume, Dugald Stewart and John Thelwall make about crowd behaviour and sympathy but the book also substantially deals with radical print culture and writers such as William Cobbett, William Hone, Thomas de Quincey and William Hazlitt.
Also, HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa the Prime Minister dispatched a cable of condolences and sympathy to his brother His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jabir Al-Sabah the Amir of the sisterly State of Kuwait.
I hope we dont get sympathy for the next games either.
WOODIER Maureen Deepest sympathy to all the family.
Mr Cameron told the Commons that any sympathy should be reserved for Moat's victims.
At various times in the treatment process, mental health counselors may inadvertently equate the concepts of empathy and sympathy This confusion is" understandable because there is ambiguity between the two terms that could contribute to miscommunication in counseling.
Smith are most grateful for all the messages and letters of sympathy, and for the genuine concern and help received during their recent sad bereavement.
Moving Encounters: Sympathy and the Indian Question in Antebellum Literature.
Talk about novel-reading and sympathy and you are likely to spend some of that time talking about omniscience.
The nineteenth was the first century of human sympathy,--the age when half wonderingly we began to descry in others that transfigured spark of divinity which we call Myself; when clodhopper and peasant, tramps and thieves, and millionaires and--sometimes--Negroes, became throbbing souls whose warm pulsing life touches us so nearly that we half gasped with surprise, crying, "Thou too