One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Coarse tea of inferior quality, containing a large proportion of stalks and other woody fragments.‘they live on an unchanging diet of mutton chops and post-and-rail tea’
- ‘They were called to a breakfast of greasy chops and post-and-rail tea.’
- ‘This is post-and-rail tea, brewed in an old blackened billy.’
- ‘I didn't feel inclined for corned beef and damper, and post-and-rail tea.’
- ‘There were steaming cauldrons of thoroughly stewed post and rail tea.’
- ‘He was waited upon by a constable, who cooked his convict ration of beef, bread, and potatoes, and, I suppose, made his post and rail tea sweetened with brown sugar.’
Mid 19th century: a humorous analogy drawn between the fibrous nature of the tea's contents and timber used for fencing.
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