from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Influenced by or undertaken out of necessity: a bread-and-butter job.
- adj. Reliable, especially for producing income; basic: Household appliances are the company's bread-and-butter goods.
- adj. Expressive of gratitude for hospitality: a bread-and-butter note.
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- adj. Used other than as an idiom: see bread, and, butter.
- adj. Relating to basic sustenance or the requirements for everyday living for the masses.
- interj. A general saying used to ward off bad luck
- interj. A saying specifically used to ward off bad luck when separating hands to walk either side of a tree
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