from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A tray for serving tea, transporting tea-things, etc.


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  • Shaw's production, enacted on a split-level platform in Tom Pye's clean design, lit by Peter Mumford, bristles with detail: the maid who trips on the bottom stair, the housekeeper who brings menace to the simple act of carrying a tea-tray.

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  • The maid positively twinkled as she gathered up the tea-tray and prepared to leave.

    red dust

  • She noticed the letters and notes heaped on the table among his gloves and sticks; then she found herself in a small library, dark but cheerful, with its walls of books, a pleasantly faded Turkey rug, a littered desk and, as he had foretold, a tea-tray on a low table near the window.

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  • A doctor was fetched to my own mother by my own father, when it took place on a common; and in consequence of his being a very kind gentleman, and accepting no fee but a tea-tray, I was named Doctor, out of gratitude and compliment to him.

    Doctor Marigold

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  • Dick began to retreat with a dissatisfied wrinkling of face, and a farewell glance at the cosy tea-tray.

    Under the Greenwood Tree

  • Then she filled the mustard pot, and, putting it with a certain stateliness upon a gold and black tea-tray, carried it into the parlour.

    The Invisible Man

  • As one of my British colleagues in our London bureau notes about his sole medal-winning compatriot, Shelley Rudman in the women's skeleton, Some girl won 'us' bronze for hurling herself down a ravine on a tea-tray.

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