pink tea



pink tea (countable and uncountable, plural pink teas)

  1. (uncountable) A drink from the Indian subcontinent, made with gunpowder tea, milk, and baking soda.
  2. (countable, historical) A women's gathering to discuss matters of suffrage.
  3. (countable, by extension) Any semiformal social gathering attended mainly or entirely by women.
  4. (attributive, derogatory) A weak and ineffective event or policy.
    • 1950, United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Finance, Import Tax on Copper (page 17)
      In the interest of self-preservation invoke spirit of Paul Revere to awaken Americans in these mournful times against soft-headed thinking and pink-tea diplomacy. Let us look to our own ramparts and man them like Americans.
    • 1991, Karen Orren, Belated Feudalism
      (The Court permitted one picket at each point of entry and exit from the plant, an arrangement promptly dismissed by the unions as "pink tea" picketing.)