tea and sympathy

noun

Definition of tea and sympathy

chiefly British, old-fashioned
:kind treatment and care that is given to someone who is upset
  • She could use some tea and sympathy.

Word by Word Definitions

tea play
  1. : 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

  2. : 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

  3. : an aromatic beverage prepared from tea leaves by soaking them in boiling water

sympathy play
  1. : an affinity, association, or relationship between persons or things wherein whatever affects one similarly affects the other

  2. : mutual or parallel susceptibility or a condition brought about by it

  3. : unity or harmony in action or effect


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