Tea Meeting, noun phrase

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a. A social gathering of the members of a church or other organization, especially a gathering organized for fund-raising purposes.
1842 J. Collett Diary. II. 24 Feb.Remained..behind to attend Tea Meeting.
1980 D.B. Coplan Urbanization of African Performing Arts. 175The term ‘tea-meeting’ originated with the church-oriented social affairs of British settlers in the eastern Cape.
b. A party or other social occasion, especially an all-night entertainment held in a township.
[1900 P. Hargreaves in W.G. Mills, Role of African Clergy in Reorientation of Xhosa Society. (1975) 75The young people are giving increased trouble by the vices and follies they run after with greediness. They are introducing night Tea-parties under the pretence of helping Church Funds.]
1980 D.B. Coplan Urbanization of African Performing Arts. 176Government officials and missionaries were disturbed by the expansion of ‘tea-meetings’ to cover a variety of African entertainments in the towns.
A social gathering of the members of a church or other organization, especially a gathering organized for fund-raising purposes.
A party or other social occasion, especially an all-night entertainment held in a township.

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