Definition of tea leaf in English:

tea leaf


  • 1Dried leaves of tea, especially after infusion in tea-making or as dregs.

    figurative ‘these are good signs, say those who read the economic tea leaves’
    • ‘The magic ingredient turned out to be a mulch of spent tea leaves and herb roots.’
    • ‘There are loads of plants, tea leaves, coffee, etc. which can also be used to make lovely dyes.’
    • ‘When the Tibetan monks secretly replace the stolen herb with ordinary tea leaves, the boys' plan backfires, leaving the terrorists no choice but to retrieve the formula by any means necessary.’
    • ‘Patients with high blood pressure are advised to use pillows full of white chrysanthemum flowers, tea leaves or bamboo leaves.’
    • ‘For custom orders, choose from handmade papers that include collards, green tea leaves or onion skins.’
    • ‘I wander out onto the terrace, sniff green tea leaves as they brew, touch balls made of snowy flowerets, gaze at gold tickling the lake's skin, peaks clad in polar bear white.’
    • ‘Moroccan mint tea is a brisk blend of gunpowder green tea and peppermint leaves, while Earl Grey, a famous British tea, is made up of black tea leaves flavored with bergamot orange oil.’
    • ‘The prices of jute, potato, soyabean, cashew nut, pepper, rubber, green tea leaves, coconut, groundnut and coffee have fallen sharply.’
    • ‘His main beverage is a unique concoction of ingredients deemed healthy in Japan: raw egg, sesame seeds, unpolished rice, parched bean flour, green tea leaves, vinegar and yogurt.’
    • ‘Filter out the tea leaves and add the vinegar to the water.’
    • ‘In comparison, coffee beans contain approximately 1 to 2 percent caffeine, and dried tea leaves contain 1 to 4 percent caffeine.’
    • ‘But, Treasurer, you're in that position now, aren't you, to continue reading the tea leaves until the Prime Minister gives you some sort of definitive statement about what he intends to do.’
    • ‘Have the pickers of the tea leaves have been paid a fair price or are they being robbed by the global trading system?’
    • ‘New oils made from hazelnuts, walnuts, grapeseeds, avocados and tea leaves that provide similar health benefits are appearing in specialty markets.’
    • ‘When you start making it, they're all separate - the tea leaves, the water, the sugar.’
    • ‘The lower classes also drank tea, but obviously they would have lower grade sugars, and a lower class of tea leaves as well.’
    • ‘Technological forecasting is likened to the reading of tea leaves and, to complicate matters further, the performance of any one indicator can critically affect the performance of the others.’
    • ‘Contained naturally in about 60 species of plants including coffee beans, tea leaves, cocoa beans, guarana and kola nuts, caffeine is the most widely used drug in the world.’
    • ‘People differentiate between tea made from tea leaves and that made from herbs or fruits.’
    • ‘A financial services source said, ‘we're all trying to read the tea leaves.’’
  • 2British rhyming slang A thief.

    • ‘He used to bring home many copies for his friends, he was a right tea leaf!’
    • ‘Having a tea leaf around means no one trusts anyone.’
    • ‘He's a right tea leaf - I heard they had to nail everything down in the prison.’
    • ‘Some dirty little tea leaf tried to break into my flat on the weekend whilst I was stood by the front door.’
    criminal, lawbreaker, offender, villain, black hat, delinquent, malefactor, culprit, wrongdoer, transgressor, sinner
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