what does that have to do with the price of tea in China

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what does that have to do with the price of tea in China?

  1. (rhetorical question, colloquial, sarcastic) A comment used to indicate that a previous comment is irrelevant or unimportant.
    My friend got seriously mad at me for smashing a cheap drinking glass, and called me an idiot. What that had to do with the price of tea in China, I failed to understand.
    • 1972, American School Counselor Association, The School counselor, volume 20, page 7:
      My reaction is "What does this have to do with the price of tea in China?"
    • 2000, United States Senate, Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, Agricultural trade options: hearing before the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry[1], ISBN 0160600804,9780160600807 Invalid ISBN, page 103:
      "To quote the old saying, what does that have to do with the price of tea in China...? Talk about totally irrelevant."

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