cup of tea

noun phrase

Definition of cup of tea

1 : something one likes or excels in I see already that storytelling isn't my cup of tea— John Barth also : a person suited to one's taste
2 : a thing to be reckoned with : matter poltergeists are a different cup of tea— D. B. W. Lewis

First Known Use of cup of tea

1932, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of cup of tea was in 1932

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“Cup of tea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cup%20of%20tea. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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