informal Kind and attentive behaviour towards someone who is upset or in trouble: they need a plan of action rather than tea and sympathy
More example sentences
- If we are to be successful in turning our Neets into Yums (young and upwardly mobile) a bit more ‘get on your bike’ and a bit less tea and sympathy might be in order.
- In that time, North Yorkshire County Council and ministers have offered them plenty of tea and sympathy - and the occasional promise to make the appalling traffic go away.
- If kids don't know the difference between right and wrong by the time they are 15 there's something seriously wrong with them or they need discipline not tea and sympathy.