Definition of tea and sympathy in English:

tea and sympathy

phrase

informal
  • Kind and attentive behaviour towards someone who is upset or in trouble.

    ‘they need a plan of action rather than tea and sympathy’
    • ‘The problem has to be stamped out - not given tea and sympathy.’
    • ‘Its bribes were as irresistible as they were reckless - blind-eyed debt relief, abundant aid, even tea and sympathy over Kashmir.’
    • ‘Sir - May I through your paper thank the kind staff of Baildon Timber on Otley Road who came to help at a road traffic accident and offered tea and sympathy.’
    • ‘Players grumbled that Johnson had sneaked offside before netting the equaliser but, if they were looking for tea and sympathy from their manager, they didn't get it.’
    • ‘If kids don't know the difference between right and wrong by the time they are 15 there's something seriously wrong with them or they need discipline not tea and sympathy.’
    • ‘In that time, North Yorkshire County Council and ministers have offered them plenty of tea and sympathy - and the occasional promise to make the appalling traffic go away.’
    • ‘We'd invite him to Devon for a therapeutic break, herbal tea and sympathy - and if he fancied mowing my lawn, so much the better.’
    • ‘As well as tea and sympathy, they were lavishly attended on by waiters bearing fine wines and sumptuous snacks in the palace's state apartments.’
    • ‘If we are to be successful in turning our Neets into Yums (young and upwardly mobile) a bit more ‘get on your bike’ and a bit less tea and sympathy might be in order.’
    • ‘They're wasting their time taking offenders to court, knowing they will be given tea and sympathy by some blinkered judge/magistrate.’