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British English expression: not my cup of tea

 

If something is “not your cup of tea”, it is a polite British way of saying it is something that you do not like. This expression is very British in that it implies that we all love tea, yet hides the fact that you do not like what you are describing.

It can only be used in the negative.

 

EXAMPLES

“How’s it going with that girl?”

“I’m not seeing her anymore. She wasn’t my cup of tea.”

“I don’t like football, it really isn’t my cup of tea.”

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