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tea party

a social gathering, usually in the afternoon, at which tea and light refreshments are served.
(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 of tea party
1770-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • When the news of the tea-party came, they felt that their chance had come to strike at the real culprit.

    The Siege of Boston Allen French
  • You must have been bleeding for some time before we broke in on the tea-party.

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
  • She had gone to the tea-party in a carriage (George would not have her walk), but she was chilled.

    By the Light of the Soul Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • Since the tea-party at the Widow Rowens's, Elsie had been more fitful and moody than ever.

    Elsie Venner Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • After all, the element of unconventionality was absent from Deane's tea-party.

    The Golden Web Anthony Partridge
British Dictionary definitions for tea-party

tea party

a social gathering in the afternoon at which tea is served

Tea Party

(in the US) a political movement, associated with the right wing of the Republican Party, favouring reduction in taxation and government spending
Word Origin
C21: after the Boston Tea Party
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for tea-party

tea party


1778, from tea + party (n.). Political references to tea party all trace to the Boston tea party of 1773, 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for tea-party

team up

verb phrase

To join together in some effort; buddy up (1956+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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