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tea shop

a tearoom.
British. a café or tearoom that specializes in serving light meals and snacks; lunchroom.
Origin of tea shop
1735-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • I wondered as I preceded him downstairs what had happened to the little lady in the tea-shop.

    The Moon and Sixpence W. Somerset Maugham
  • A motor-'bus entered a tea-shop, and layIn some need of repair.

  • He was back in the tea-shop, listening to the woman who spoke of terrible things.

    The Evil Shepherd E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Would it make her days in the tea-shop—and out of it—easier?

    A Sheaf of Corn Mary E. Mann
  • Emerging from the theatre, borne on the outgoing stream, I presently found myself opposite the door of a tea-shop.

    The Mystery of 31 New Inn R. Austin Freeman
  • "You mustn't say that kind of thing in a tea-shop," said Julian, severely.

    The Second Fiddle Phyllis Bottome
  • The "tea-shop" sold other commodities, such as a glass of port.

    A Young Man's Year Anthony Hope
  • She had already confided the fact of her former meeting with him in the tea-shop.

    The Lamp of Fate Margaret Pedler
  • I did not choose to repeat Rose Waterford's parting reference to a girl from a tea-shop.

    The Moon and Sixpence W. Somerset Maugham
  • I felt that it would be a matter of extraordinary relief if everyone in that tea-shop knew the secret of the Blue Germ.

    The Blue Germ Martin Swayne

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