tea and sympathy
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
: 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
: an affinity, association, or relationship between persons or things wherein whatever affects one similarly affects the other
: mutual or parallel susceptibility or a condition brought about by it
: unity or harmony in action or effect
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