One in which social conservatives are pro-family enough to break bread with gays who are pro-family.
But the disciples came together on the first day of the week, and did break bread, and Paul preached unto them.
"Brother, I will go in and break bread and eat salt with thee," he said.
You say: "Take a chair; are you thirsty, are you hungry, will you not break bread with me?"
Bless you, yes—come down at once and break bread with me—I'll wait.
What fingers of the hand to eat with, what hand to break bread with—and so on and so forth.
It would be fitting,” he continued, “that we should break bread together.
A testimony is thus given that all who break bread are church members.
Then he invited me to go to his home and break bread with him.
Or don't you want to break bread with me, under the circumstances?
Old English bread "bit, crumb, morsel; bread," cognate with Old Norse brauð, Danish brød, Old Frisian brad, Middle Dutch brot, Dutch brood, German Brot. According to one theory [Watkins, etc.] from Proto-Germanic *brautham, which would be from the root of brew (v.) and refer to the leavening.
But OED argues at some length for the basic sense being not "cooked food" but "piece of food," and the Old English word deriving from a Proto-Germanic *braudsmon- "fragments, bits" (cf. Old High German brosma "crumb," Old English breotan "to break in pieces") and being related to the root of break (v.). It cites Slovenian kruh "bread," literally "a piece."
Either way, by c.1200 it had replaced the usual Old English word for "bread," which was hlaf (see loaf (n.)). Slang meaning "money" dates from 1940s, but cf. breadwinner. Bread-and-butter in the figurative sense of "basic needs" is from 1732. Bread and circuses (1914) is from Latin, in reference to food and entertainment provided by governments to keep the populace happy. "Duas tantum res anxius optat, Panem et circenses" [Juvenal, Sat. x.80].
"to dress with bread crumbs," 1727, from bread (n.). Related: Breaded; breading.