Crumbs of Knowledge – Tea Idioms

We’ve a fair few phrases and sayings related to our passion for tea.  Here are a few of my favourites.  If you know anymore, please add them to the comments below.


“Not my cup of tea” – not something I particularly like.


Person 1: “Do you want to come with us to watch the rugby?”

Person 2: “No thanks, it’s not really my cup of tea.”


“A storm in a tea-cup” – anger or excitement about something that isn’t very important.


Person 1: “Do you think the allegations in the paper will bring down the Government?”

Person 2: “I doubt it, it looks like a storm in a tea-cup to me.”


“I wouldn’t do it for all the tea in China” – I wouldn’t do it, for any reason.


Person 1: “The boss has asked if we’d like to go with him on his stag do.  Are you going to go?”

Person 2: “No, not for all the tea in China.”


“Pot calling the kettle black” – being hypocritical.


Person 1: “Your hair is a mess today, you should get it cut.”

Person 2: “You can talk, you look like you forgot to comb yours this morning.  Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.”


“As much good/use as a chocolate teapot” – useless.


Person 1: “How’s the new intern getting on with her job?  Is it helpful having her around?”

Person 2: “Not really, she’s about as much use as a chocolate teapot.”


“A chimp’s tea party” – a disorganised mess.


Person 1: “Did you talk about everything and make some decisions at the meeting last night?”

Person 2: “No, we didn’t decide anything, everyone was talking over each other – it was more like a chimp’s tea party”

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