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tea and sympathy

Definition of tea and sympathy in English:

informal Kind and attentive behaviour towards someone who is upset or in trouble: they need a plan of action rather than tea and sympathy
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  • 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.
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