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    Lightbulb reading the tea leaves

    Does "reading the tea leaves" have any meaning. I have come across it in the following: "At a time when political pundits are trying to read the tea leaves on the future of the various parties in the fray ----------"

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    Re: reading the tea leaves

    It's used figuratively, not literally, and it refers to a fortune-telling method. See here: Reading tea leaves - encyclopedia article about Reading tea leaves.

    All the best.

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