Definition of tea towel in English:

tea towel


  • A cloth for drying washed crockery, cutlery, and glasses.

    North American term dish towel
    • ‘The occasional man has been spotted, tea towel in hand, in the kitchen.’
    • ‘Without paints or brushes or glue, hobbyists can add floral motifs to tea towels, baby socks, even lampshades.’
    • ‘A filthy rag, which could only just be recognised as a tea towel, lay on the unit.’
    • ‘Drop into a bowl of ice-cold water with the juice of ½ lemon and leave for 10 minutes, then drain and pat dry with a tea towel.’
    • ‘To prepare the oysters, take an oyster knife and tea towel.’
    • ‘Prepare the pasta dough and leave to rest covered with a damp tea towel for 30 minutes.’
    • ‘I wiped my hands on the tea towel, then turned and kissed her.’
    • ‘A damp tea towel had made a moist patch on the shoulder of my tee-shirt.’
    • ‘Holding the oyster flat-side up in the tea towel, insert the knife into the side of the shell, along the waves of the shell (where the top meets the bottom).’
    • ‘‘Trina,’ I prompted, and Antonio nodded, wiping his hands on a tea towel.’
    • ‘Lay 3 sheets of filo pastry flat on a tea towel, brushing between each sheet with melted butter.’
    • ‘He wiped his hands down on a tea towel lying on the table, and tried again.’
    • ‘The competition for the December meeting will be the prettiest Christmas tea towel.’
    • ‘Cover the pan with a clean dry tea towel and the fitted lid.’
    • ‘He has railed against the presence in the kitchen of the tea towel which, he says, can be a massive source of contamination.’
    • ‘Students will need to supply their own ingredients and containers as well as a tea towel and apron.’
    • ‘Remove to a wire rack and cover loosely with a tea towel while you continue making the rest of the pancakes.’
    • ‘Cover with a clean tea towel and rest for 10 minutes before carving, so the lamb can reabsorb some of the juices lost - this will make it more tender.’
    • ‘I threw her a yellow tea towel and she began to wipe the streaked mascara from her face.’
    • ‘Place both ovals on a greased or parchment-lined baking sheet, cover with a damp tea towel, and leave to prove for about an hour, or until doubled in size.’
    • ‘Place into a large clean tea towel and wring to expel the liquid from the grated potato and apple and mix together thoroughly.’
    • ‘She rinsed the sink, swiped the water stains off the faucet and folded the tea towel.’
    • ‘Have a damp - not wet - tea towel handy to cover the pastry when you've cut it.’
    • ‘Always cover sitting dough with clingfilm or a damp tea towel to prevent it drying out.’
    • ‘Bathed in yellow light hovering over the gloom of the garden she looked in at a woman repeatedly working a tea towel around the inside of a mug.’
    • ‘He was holding a tea towel, and behind him I saw the steam of the kettle like a wispy cloud.’
    • ‘In the interval a couple had brought sandwiches wrapped up in a tea towel that they ate while sitting on a bench on the balcony outside.’
    • ‘I once won a Rabbie Burns tea towel in a school raffle.’
    • ‘His hands held a stained and striped tea towel that he repeatedly polished the rim of the same glass with.’
    • ‘Drain the parsley, wrap in a clean tea towel and gently squeeze dry.’
    • ‘Fold in the raisins, apples and lemon juice. Then cover the mix with a damp tea towel (to stop it drying out) and leave it to stand and rise in a warm place for at least 45 minutes.’
    • ‘Divide the dough into two balls, cover with a tea towel and leave to rest for five minutes.’
    • ‘She turned, tea towel in hand, and gave him a pleasant smile.’
    • ‘A mayor swapped his robes and chains for an apron and tea towel to serve council staff with a cuppa and biscuits.’
    • ‘‘Successful shopping trip I see’ she commented, drying her hands on a tea towel as she stood beside them.’
    • ‘The pair iced three cakes and purchased tiaras and Union Jacks to add to a Queen Mother tea towel, commemorative mugs and other collectibles built up lovingly over years of devotion.’
    • ‘The boy's grandmother stands in the doorway holding a tea towel, twisting it in the way she wrings out the wet laundry before she carries it outside to the line.’
    rag, dishcloth, floorcloth, wipe, sponge, duster
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