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tea leaf

the dried leaf of the tea shrub, used to make tea
(usually pl) shredded parts of these leaves, esp after infusion
(Brit & Austral, slang) a thief
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sense 3 rhyming slang
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  • Kitty pointed to several pencil scratches beside the tea leaf, intended to signify a brook and a weather-vane on a steeple.

  • Ah, she said one day, pointing to a tea leaf floating in one of the cups, theres to be a visitor today.

    Anecdotes of the Great War Carleton Britton Case

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