One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A social gathering in the afternoon at which tea, cakes, and other light refreshments are served.
- ‘We had a tea party at the hospital and a glass of wine on the ward and he got his telegram from the Queen.’
- ‘Volunteer drivers are also needed monthly - or less if on a rota - to chauffeur two members each, join in the tea party and help as needed.’
- ‘The tea party organised by Balla Foroige Club was well supported on Saturday evening and Sunday morning and was a great success.’
- ‘Yu made the announcement yesterday afternoon during a tea party with the media in the Cabinet complex.’
- ‘But the annual tea party to reunite former residents and their families has been brought to an end after 12 years.’
- ‘The local ladies of the Limerick Invalid fund thank all who contributed so generously to the afternoon tea party.’
- ‘The soirée consists of a tea party with your closest friends and their mothers.’
- ‘At least the Vicar's tea party serves refreshments.’
- ‘The singer hosted a tea party to herald the latest departure in her varied two-decade career - writing children's stories.’
- ‘They could put on a tea party and have everyone wear white gloves and the right would still say the feminazis are on the march.’
- ‘One usually thinks of a tea party as a festive occasion, but this gathering is one that may have occurred on a daily basis.’
- ‘Pull out the teapot and teacups and hold an afternoon tea party.’
- ‘Later, in the United Church Hall, war veterans enjoyed a tea party prepared by Cricklade WI members and served by children.’
- ‘He certainly is not planning a tea party, that's for sure.’
- ‘It looks as if they've had a tea party - it's a right mess.’
- ‘I appreciate the invitation for the afternoon tea party with Princess Mikasa but unfortunately had to go on to something else.’
- ‘Some people attended day centres but often they hardly knew anyone and a small intimate group of 12 at a tea party allowed them to make friends and talk more easily.’
- ‘It is the perfect outfit for a posh lady to wear to a garden tea party.’
- ‘The friendship started, of all places, at a tea party at the principal's house.’
- ‘No doubt we will see the site of the famous tea party and other historical locations as well as getting Nat's own views on that interesting part of the world.’
2A US political movement that emerged from a series of conservative protests against the federal government in 2009.
- ‘And if Tea Party Republicans do win big next year, what has already happened in California could happen at the national level.’
- ‘Florida, always a key electoral battleground, has become ground zero for the burgeoning Tea Party movement this year.’
- ‘Mr. Kennedy has gotten some support from conservative Tea Party organizations.’
- ‘Now, Tea Party activists are trying to take over the establishment, ground up.’
- ‘This is a perfect opportunity for the Tea Party movement.’
- ‘But they have energized the Brown campaign and brought it new support, not least from the antitax Tea Party movement and other conservative groups.’
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.