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staff of life

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  1. bread, considered as the mainstay of the human diet.

Origin of staff of life

First recorded in 1630–40
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staff of life in Culture

staff of life

A basic staple food, such as bread, rice, or potatoes: “Rice is the staff of life in eastern Asia.”

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Idioms and Phrases with staff of life

staff of life

A staple or necessary food, especially bread. For example, Rice is the staff of life for a majority of the earth's people. This expression, which uses staff in the sense of “a support,” was first recorded in 1638.

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