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Scandal-broth

Tea. The reference is to the gossip held by some of the womenkind over their “cups which cheer but not inebriate.” Also called “Chatter-broth.”

“`I proposed to my venerated visitor. to summon my ... housekeeper ... with the tea-equipage but he rejected my proposal with disdain ...' `No scandal-broth,' he exclaimed, `No unidea'd woman's chatter for me.' ” —Sir W. Scott: Peveril of the Peak (Prefatory letter).

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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