Meaning of Idiom ‘Not For All the Tea in China’
Not for all the tea in China means not for any price or reward; never; not at all. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. ,2Jarvie, Gordon. Bloomsbury Dictionary of Idioms]. London: Bloomsbury, 2009.,3Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.
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Examples Of Use
“I wouldn’t date her again for all the tea in China. She’s crazy!”
“You’re going to have to give up smoking,” said the doctor. “Forget it!” said Floyd. “Not for all the tea in China!” “It’s your funeral,” said the doctor.
“He’s my friend. I don’t care what he did. I’m not going to betray him for all the tea in China.”
This idiom originated in Australia during the late 1800s. It alludes to the huge amount of tea in China. For many years, in fact, China was the sole source of tea for the entire world. 4Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. ,5Jarvie, Gordon. Bloomsbury Dictionary of Idioms]. London: Bloomsbury, 2009.
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