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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Tea-fight (slang) a tea-party
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From South Chinese te (pron. ), the common form being ch'a or ts'a.


In literature:

Montmorency had a fight with the kettle during tea-time, and came off a poor second.
"Three Men in a Boat (to say nothing of the dog)" by Jerome K. Jerome
She gave him tea and bread and butter, and she learned then of the big fighting that was to come.
"The Amazing Interlude" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
Do you cotton to the tea-fight views, or the old red 'ot boguey business?
"The Ebb-Tide A Trio And Quartette" by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyde Osbourne
No time for tea-fighting here.
"The Daredevil" by Maria Thompson Daviess
I foresee that I shall be quite a hero at tea-fights.
"One of the 28th" by G. A. Henty
It was very like an American tea-fight in the country, and the audience were unquestionably enthusiastic.
"Ireland Under Coercion (2nd ed.) (1 of 2) (1888)" by William Henry Hurlbert
I haven't had this room opened since Mis' Perkins across the road had her last tea fight.
"Patty's Summer Days" by Carolyn Wells
In ten minutes' time you will find us around the mess-table, reconstructing the fight over late afternoon tea.
"Cavalry of the Clouds" by Alan Bott
Other groups are fighting coffee and tea, and we may finally land in nuts and salads.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. XXXI, No. 4, August 1908" by Various
Three more spoonfuls of beef-tea after a fight.
"Christmas Eve and Christmas Day" by Edward E. Hale
Then, hot tea, bread and pemmican spurred the fighting heart of Marcel with hope.
"The Whelps of the Wolf" by George Marsh
They have societies and clubs and unlimited tea-fights where all the guests are girls.
"From Sea to Sea" by Rudyard Kipling
By the way," he said, as he reached the door, "what time did this little tea-fight take place?
"John Dene of Toronto" by Herbert Jenkins
She went back as soon as pater died; she missed the tea fights, you know, and Bethlehem and all that.
"A Bed of Roses" by W. L. George
Furthermore, warriors came to believe that the Zen tea ritual would help their fighting discipline.
"Zen Culture" by Thomas Hoover
Why haven't we met her at some of the tea-fights and muffin-worries we've been to lately?
"Silver Pitchers: and Independence" by Louisa May Alcott
She has ideas about a children's tea fight.
"Three Plays by Granville-Barker" by Harley Granville-Barker
So I go out tea-fighting.
"A Knight on Wheels" by Ian Hay
If I ask Daphne to see to anything about the house, she sees to it; if she asks me to go with her to a tea-fight, I go.
"A Safety Match" by Ian Hay
This has been like a tabbies' tea-fight!
"Prince Charlie" by Burford Delannoy

In poetry:

He tells us of that glorious one,
I think his name was Washington,
How he did fight for liberty,
To save a threepence tax on tea.
"A Song For Freedom" by Anonymous Americas
When David sipped and sipped the tea,
Somehow it didn't taste right;
I guess when he found he was sipping sand
He was mad enough to fight.
"The Deliverance" by Frances Ellen Watkins
You will find the Silent Navy where the ships come in from sea
With wheat and meat and fighting men and sugar for our tea,
You'll find it seizing contraband in narrow seas and wide,
You'll find it near, you'll find it far, and in between beside.
"The Silent Navy" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

New research suggests drinking plain old-fashioned black tea may fight stress and promote relaxation.
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Feeding America join to fight hunger.
Unlike many health-food products, 'Today' food editor Phil Lempert says this popular tea contains high levels of cancer-fighting antioxidants.
Tea Party firebrand Allen West won't give up his Florida Congress seat without a fight.
Potent ingredients like caffeine, licorice and green tea extract also fight irritation caused by waxing, chemical peels, acne or rosacea.
Sale of Milo's tea is at the heart of a court fight by two independent wings of a popular Birmingham fast food seller.
The San Antonio Republican, a tea party favorite who spent the last two years fighting PresidentBarack Obama's agenda on health care.
Tea party activists hailed DeMint's move to Heritage as a sign that the think tank will play a more prominent role fighting for conservative causes.
Murky waters ahead in fight over AriZona Iced Tea.
Murky waters ahead in fight over AriZona Iced Tea .
Reuters reported Tuesday that the Molson Coors Brewing Co. Plans to launch Coors Light Iced Tea and other new products, as the beer company fights to win a greater share of the struggling beer market.
Sale of Milo 's tea is at the heart of a court fight by two independent wings of a popular Birmingham fast food seller.
But while Hatch is embracing the tea party, Lugar is fighting it.
A Chinese professor believes he can charge folks a whooping $69,000 for tea made from Panda poop because it might help fight cancer.
Tea party firebrand Rep Allen West conceded his re-election fight Tuesday, two weeks after the election gave way to court appearances, two partial recounts and unending accusations by his camp that the vote count wasn't fair.