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- (UK) Black tea, brewed strong and served in a large mug with milk and sugar.
2001 March 30, Stephen Moss, “Meals on wheels”, The Guardian:
- It has got the lot, this, underneath its hinged awning: eggs any way, sausage, old-fashioned burgers and builders' tea.
- 2005, Barbara Bailey, An eccentric marriage: Living with Jim, ISBN 0624042960, page 185:
- I ate a kebab in a Cypriot cafe with the freezing rain spatting in the doorway and I was poured a soup-like cup of builder's tea.
- 2008, William Morrow, Beef: The untold story of how milk, meat and muscle shaped the world, ISBN 0061718793, page 177:
- The meal should be taken with milky "builder's tea" steeped strong in the mug.
- 2010, M. R. Hall, The Disappeared, ISBN 0230752101:
- Armed with a cup of Alison's strong, thick, builder's tea, Mrs Jamal started falteringly into the story she had told countless times to sceptical police officers and lawyers.