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bread and butter


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Means of support; livelihood.
  • noun The essential sustaining element or elements; the mainstay.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Seeking bread and butter, or the means of living; controlled by material wants and desires; mercenary: as, the bread-and-butter brigade (applied to office-seekers in the United States).
  • Eating much bread and butter, as young boys or girls; hence, belonging to adolescence; in the stage of growth: as, she's but a bread-and-butter miss.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Used other than as an idiom: see bread,‎ butter.
  • noun idiomatic That which is central or fundamental, as to one's business, survival, or income; a staple or cornerstone.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the financial means whereby one lives


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