What does “not my cup of tea” mean?

Idioms are a great way to sound more natural when you are speaking English. Each country usually has their own idioms. However, British English has lots of strange idioms that are confusing at first, but are really fun when you understand them. Idioms are a great way to express a difficult idea in an easy way and can often be funny at the same time.

What does “not my cup of tea” mean?

Well, when a British person says “That is not my cup of tea” they are basically saying “I don’t like that thing” 

British people love tea, right? Therefore if a British person says that something is not tea, they probably don’t like it very much. It is a set phrase that you can easily use in conversation.

It is a casual phrase, but it is not offensive so you can use it whenever you like. However, this phrase is only common in the UK. English speakers from other countries might not be familiar with this expression. In other words, be careful where you use this phrase.

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How Do you use “not my cup of tea”?

A good way to understand idioms is to see examples of them in use. Therefore, here are some examples of sentences which use this idiom:

  • Cricket is not really my cup of tea.
  • I understand this kind of music is not everyone’s cup of tea.
  • I find learning new skills difficult. Maybe it’s just not my cup of tea.
  • It turns out that Karate is not my cup of tea.
  • He said that going to concerts is not his cup of tea.
  • I think I’ll pass… work parties are nor really my cup of tea.


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