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My cup of tea/not my cup of tea
This is one of the most common idioms in everyday English speech. It refers to a person’s preferences.
If you want to say, for example, that you do not like to watch horror movies, then use the expression “not my cup of tea”.
Example: Watching horror movies is not my cup of tea.
2. A storm in a teacup
This idiom (from UK English) is used when people talk about a small event, or a small problem is as if it were a big tragedy.
Example: Kelly’s complaints about the wedding cake were a storm in a teacup. The wedding was generally very well organized.
3. Tempest in a teapot
This is the American (US English) version of the previous idiom.
Example: The entire affair is just a tempest in a teapot.
4. Tea party
The idiom “tea party” literally means a gathering where people drink tea. However, when it is used as an idiom, it means that something was extremely easy.
Example: This exam was just a tea party for me. I didn’t expect it to be so easy.
5. Not for all the tea in China
This means that you are unwilling to do some action. It does not matter how large the reward might be; you do not want to do this action.
Example: I won’t do this not for all the tea in China.
6. It’s as good as a chocolate teapot
Imagine a teapot made out of chocolate. It would be entirely useless for serving hot tea, right?
Thus, in English, the idiom “It’s as good as a chocolate teapot” refers to something totally useless.
Example: Your plan is as good as a chocolate teapot.
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I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea.
If you want to say that you do like something, then use the idiom “my cup of tea”.
Example: Going shopping with friends every weekend is my cup of tea. I absolutely love it!
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