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[tee-kuhp] /ˈtiˌkʌp/
a cup in which tea is served, usually of small or moderate size.
tempest in a teacup / teapot, a disturbance or uproar about little or nothing:
The fight over who should become the next assistant treasurer of the organization is just a tempest in a teacup.
Also, storm in a teacup.
Origin of teacup
1690-1700; tea + cup Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • She was nervous, could hardly reach the teacups from the shelves.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • She does not care a copper for the looks that are going round The teacups.

    Over the Teacups Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • If you will stop these questions, then, I will go on with my reports of what was said and done at our meetings over the teacups.

    Over the Teacups Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • The teacups jumped from their saucers as it thumped on the board.

    Over the Teacups Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • Irene followed his glance to the yellow-clad figure handing the teacups which Miss Morley was filling.

  • The teacups of whom the least has been heard at our table are the Tutor and the Musician.

    Over the Teacups Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • She spread a cloth, set some teacups, cut some bread and butter, and took out of her cupboard a tin of sardines.

    Mother Meg Catharine Shaw
  • We were sitting together in a very quiet way over our teacups.

    Over the Teacups Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • They were loitering over their teacups half an hour later when Lizzie came into the library with a special delivery letter.

    The Story Of Julia Page Kathleen Norris
  • Cut the tops off smaller buds to make them into teacups (A and B, Fig. 105).

British Dictionary definitions for teacups


a cup out of which tea may be drunk, larger than a coffee cup
Also called teacupful. the amount a teacup will hold, about four fluid ounces
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for teacups

t'd off

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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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