tea party

tea party

noun
1.
a social gathering, usually in the afternoon, at which tea and light refreshments are served.
2.
(initial capital letters) a conservative political movement in the U.S. that opposes taxes and government spending: named in reference to the Boston Tea Party of 1773.

Origin:
1770–80

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tea party
 
n
a social gathering in the afternoon at which tea is served

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tea party
1778, from tea + party. The Boston tea party (Dec. 16, 1773) apparently not so called before 1864. Political references to tea party all trace to that event, in which radicals in Massachusetts colony boarded British ships carrying tea and threw the
product into Boston Harbor in protest royal taxation. It has been a model for other libertarian political actions in the U.S. (mostly symbolic), including citizen gatherings begun in early 2009 to protest government spending.
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