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bread line

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

Origin of bread line

First recorded in 1825–35
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Historical Examples

  • It seemed brutal to be wading into the bill of fare with poor old Bicky headed for the breadline.

    My Man Jeeves

    P. G. Wodehouse


British Dictionary definitions for breadline

breadline

noun
  1. a queue of people waiting for free food given out by a government agency or a charity organization
  2. on the breadline impoverished; living at subsistence level
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