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Hi all
Could anyone tell what is the meaning of the expression "reading the tea leaves"
Thanks in advance
Aravind
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Well, depends on the context. But as far as I'm concerned it is
a method of telling the future. You know when drinking a cup of coffee...
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It just means "trying to predict the future." Since most people don't really believe that you can predict the future through tea leaves, it's used to indicate uncertainty or to emphasize that it's just a best guess and not a reliable forecast.
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Thank you guys...Thank you very much for the answers.
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Aravind
The meaning of the expression "reading the tea leaves" is the same of a Gypsy reading someone's palm of the hand. That is, "future life prediction".
Dener Martins
The meaning of "reading the tea leaves" is similar to "the writing is on the wall" ... basically stating that the obvious is about to happen.
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AnonymousThe meaning of "reading the tea leaves" is similar to "the writing is on the wall" ... basically stating that the obvious is about to happen.
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Rover
The expression "reading the tea leaves" is usually used to mean "reading into things" or "looking for meanings or subtext."

For example, if somebody asks you if you misinterpreted something, you might reply "I wasn't reading the tea leaves." Meaning, I wasn't looking for a meaning that might or might not be there and I was just taking the information at face value.
I don't think so.
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