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bread line

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  1. a group of needy persons waiting in line for free food to be distributed by a government agency or charitable organization.
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Origin of bread line

First recorded in 1825–35
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for bread line

Historical Examples

  • People will continue to starve so long as they are content with a circus and a bread-line.

    The Root of Evil

    Thomas Dixon

  • In her eyes was the look of hunger, like that of the starving woman in the bread-line.

    Sudden Jim

    Clarence Budington Kelland

  • We would stand in the bread-line just like the rest of them and get our roll and coffee.

    Dave Ranney

    Dave Ranney

  • He came to know what it meant to stand in the bread-line, to go the rounds of the homeless "one-night stands."

    Garrison's Finish

    W. B. M. Ferguson