Green’s Dictionary of Slang

tea-and-sugar adj.

[1900s–10s] (Aus.) insignificant.

In compounds

tea and sugar bandit (n.) [the smallness of the objects that are stolen]

[1960s+] a petty thief.

tea and sugar burglar (n.) [the fig. ‘theft’ of the commodities, which are more likely offered free]

[late 19C–1900s] (Aus.) a vagrant; thus tea and sugar burglaring n., travelling as a vagrant.

tea and sugar man (n.)

[1930s] (UK tramp) a casual labourer, who works for as long as it takes him to supply himself with his basic needs, before moving on.