The British are huge tea consumers. Did you know that they drink 165 millions of cups a day?! As this drink has such a big importance in British life, it’s not surprising that you find it in expressions. Here are some…


1. It’s my cup of tea/not my cup of tea

This one is probably the one that first comes to your mind. If you don’t know what it means, it refers to liking or disliking something (or someone!).


2. A storm in a teacup (UK) / Tempest in a teapot (US)

It has its equivalent in several other languages. It means “blowing a small problem out of proportion”. It’s “making a big deal of something”.



3. Tea and sympathy

It’s the kindness and the sympathy that you show to someone who’s sad. There is this idea of inviting them over to share a cup of tea and to talk to you about their problems.

4. Tea party

If something was a tea party, it means it was very easy. For example, if you pass a test easily, you can say that.


5. Not for all the tea in China

This British expression means that you absolutely refuse to do something. In China, there are lots of different sorts of tea and, as we’ve said above, the British LOVE tea. So, if one of them tells you this, you’ve got to understand that even if they had the opportunity to get an immense quantity of tea, they wouldn’t do what you’re asking them.


6. It’s as good as a chocolate teapot

It’s no secret that chocolate melts when heated. So you’ll certainly agree with us, a teapot made up of chocolate is completely useless! So if something is as good as a chocolate teapot, it’s useless.



Tea has plenty of qualities: it reduces stress, it is antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, it lowers breasts cancer risks, etc. In short, tea is very beneficial. On top of that, it tastes very good. All these reasons make it one of the most popular drinks in the world! So, it is not surprising that some British sayings contain the very word ‘tea’!

Do you know other expressions with the word ‘tea’?

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