cup of coffee

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Based on the idea that the player was only there long enough to have a cup of coffee.


cup of coffee (plural cups of coffee)

  1. (baseball, slang) The situation where a minor league player comes up to the major league team for a short period of time.
    I was up for a cup of coffee once; those were the best six days of my career.
  2. (figuratively) One’s personal preference.
    • 1963, Southern Economist (volume 2, page 137)
      Since social anthropology is not my cup of coffee, I leave it to the research scholars to discover the true significance of this transformation.
  3. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see cup,‎ coffee.