American English

Definition of china noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1white clay that is baked and used for making delicate cups, plates, etc. a china vase see also bone china
  2. 2cups, plates, etc. that are made of china She got out the best china.
  3. Idioms
    a bull in a china shop
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    a person who is careless, or who moves or acts in a rough or awkward way, in a place or situation where skill and care are needed You're not going to go storming in there like a bull in a china shop, are you?
    not for all the tea in China (old-fashioned)
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    not even for a great reward I wouldn't do your job. Not for all the tea in China!
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: china