tea leaf

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 a sign of what will happen in the future

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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