not for all the tea in China
Definition of not for all the tea in China
informal + old-fashioned
: not for any reason I would never invite him to my house again—not for all the tea in China.
Word by Word Definitions
: the whole amount, quantity, or extent of
: as much as possible
: every member or individual component of
: wholly, quite
: only, exclusively
: the whole number, quantity, or amount : totality
: used in such phrases as for all I know, for all I care, and for all the good it does to indicate a lack of knowledge, interest, or effectiveness
: everybody, everything
: the whole of one's possessions, resources, or energy
: a widely cultivated shrub (Camellia sinensis of the family Theaceae, the tea family) native to China, northern India, and southeastern Asia and having glossy green leaves and fragrant white flowers
: the leaves, leaf buds, and internodes of the tea plant prepared for use in beverages usually by immediate curing by heat or by such curing following a period of fermentation ◆Tea may be classified according to its method of manufacture (see black tea green tea oolong white tea) or according to the leaf size of the plant it is produced from (see orange pekoe pekoe souchong).
: an aromatic beverage prepared from tea leaves by soaking them in boiling water
: vitreous porcelain wares (as dishes, vases, or ornaments) for domestic use
: earthenware or porcelain tableware
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