tea leaf


tea leaf
I
Australian Slang
a thief
II
Cockney Rhyming Slang
Thief
He's always been a bit of a tea leaf. (Usually the fully slang expression is used)

English dialects glossary. 2013.

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  • tea leaf — tea ,leaf noun count 1. ) usually plural a leaf from the tea plant that is dried, cut into small pieces, and used for making tea 2. ) BRITISH INFORMAL OLD FASHIONED a thief read the tea leaves to look at the tea leaves in the bottom of a cup for… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • tea leaf — tea leaves also tea leaf N COUNT: usu pl Tea leaves are the small pieces of dried leaves that you use to make tea …   English dictionary

  • tea leaf — noun dried leaves of the tea shrub; used to make tea the store shelves held many different kinds of tea they threw the tea into Boston harbor • Syn: ↑tea • Hypernyms: ↑herb • Hyponyms: ↑tea bag, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • tea leaf — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms tea leaf : singular tea leaf plural tea leaves [usually plural] a leaf from the tea plant that is dried, cut into small pieces, and used for making tea • read the tea leaves …   English dictionary

  • tea-leaf — see tea leaf …   English dictionary

  • tea leaf —    British    a thief    Rhyming slang:     Or go and be a straightforward tea leaf thieve, rob. (Kersh, 1936) …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • tea-leaf — I. /ˈti lif/ (say tee leef) noun (plural tea leaves /ˈti livz/ (say tee leevz)) a fragment of the leaf of the tea plant, especially when remaining in the teapot or cup after the tea has been infused. II. /ˈti lif/ (say tee leef) Colloquial –noun… …   Australian English dictionary

  • tea leaf — noun a) A dried fragment of a leaf of the tea plant used in making the drink tea. b) A thief …   Wiktionary

  • tea leaf — dried leaf of the tea plant (for making a tea drink); (Slang) thief …   English contemporary dictionary

  • tea leaf — noun 1》 (tea leaves) dried leaves of tea. 2》 Brit. rhyming slang a thief …   English new terms dictionary


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