tea party


Definition of tea party

1 : an afternoon social gathering at which tea is served
2 [ from the Boston Tea Party, name applied to the occasion in 1773 when a shipment of tea was thrown into Boston harbor in protest against the tax on imports ] : an exciting disturbance or proceeding
3 usually Tea Party : a 21st century U.S. political movement in favor of lower taxes, fewer government regulations and programs, strict immigration control, and a strong military "Tea Party" has become something of a catch-all term to describe an impassioned and empowered group of populist conservatives. They are largely antigovernment, a lot of them are self-described libertarians, and many say they are new to political activism. It is easy to think of them as a singular entity and a growing one.— Mark Leibovich Conservative activists started holding "Tea Party" protests in 2009 to vent outrage over federal stimulus spending, the Wall Street bailout and rising national debt. The movement quickly had an electoral impact, culminating in the 2010 midterm elections when the GOP captured the House.— Martha T. Moore

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Laiyah and her friends, including Teyana Taylor’s mini-me Junie and T.I. and Tiny’s little one Heiress, gathered for an oh-so adorable tea party and some pool time. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Monica Threw Her Daughter Laiyah A "Sweet Six" Birthday Party With All Of Her Besties," 4 Sep. 2019 Visitors can check out eerie takes on the tea party, White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat, Queen of Hearts and, of course, Alice, plus the usual jack-o-lanterns and skeletons through Oct. 31 inside the store at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road. Daily Pilot, "Roger’s Gardens goes mad as a hatter for Halloween," 29 Aug. 2019 After Barack Obama's election as president in 2008, the Koch brothers' network helped nurture the grass-roots conservative faction known as the tea party movement. Bill Hewitt, Anchorage Daily News, "David Koch, billionaire industrialist who influenced conservative politics, dies at 79," 23 Aug. 2019 Newly empowered Republicans used that process to their favor following the tea party victories, and Democrats want to use the same playbook. Brian Slodysko, Fortune, "Democrats Are Spending Millions to Try to Take Back Statehouses," 20 Aug. 2019 Much like another son of Bexar County, former Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, Hurd was a traditional Republican grappling with the changing order created by the tea party movement (a movement that led to Trump’s ascendance). Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Hurd walked a thin line in his congressional swing district," 3 Aug. 2019 Cruz was first elected to Senate in 2012 on the strength of his grass-roots team and connections to the tea party movement. Gromer Jeffers Jr., Dallas News, "As Democrats prepare for Senate primary rumble, incumbent John Cornyn building organization, raising cash," 19 July 2019 Visit the Whittier Home Victorian Garden in Amesbury for a nice summer tea party. Maysoon Khan, BostonGlobe.com, "North Informer: Jazz classes, summer tea party, and a kitchen tour," 18 July 2019 This was a gift to tea party types and other conservatives whose goal was to shrink federal programs (typically, those that served the working class and the poor). Los Angeles Times, "Column: With the debt ceiling fight, Congress and Trump are playing with fire -- again," 16 July 2019

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1778, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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