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bread and butter



  1. bread spread with butter.
  2. a basic means of support; source of livelihood; sustenance:

    The automobile industry is the bread and butter of many Detroiters.



[ bred-n-buht-er ]


  1. providing a livelihood or basic source of income; supplying the basic needs of life:

    a bread-and-butter job; the agency's bread-and-butter account.

  2. of or relating to basic needs:

    housing and other bread-and-butter political issues.

  3. basic or everyday; staple; routine.
  4. expressing thanks for hospitality:

    a bread-and-butter letter.

bread and butter


  1. modifier a means of support or subsistence; livelihood

    the inheritance was their bread and butter

  2. bread-and-butter
    1. providing a basic means of subsistence

      a bread-and-butter job

    2. solid, reliable, or practical

      a bread-and-butter player

    3. expressing gratitude, as for hospitality (esp in the phrase bread-and-butter letter )

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Word History and Origins

Origin of bread and butter1

First recorded in 1620–30

Origin of bread and butter2

First recorded in 1720–30; adj. use of noun phrase bread and butter

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Example Sentences

“I knew Boyfriend would never really have its chance unless it became my bread-and-butter,” she says.

Get immigration done and the party will be able to compete again on bread-and-butter issues with most of the electorate.

It's easy to see how a governor with a proven track record and a focus on bread-and-butter issues could do well.

Isnt anything but bread-and-butter, and such things, appealing to you in life, child?

Paul went on talking in a quiet, low tone, while Digby was munching a thick slice of bread-and-butter.

In an incautious moment, influenced by the idea of saving her bread-and-butter, Mrs Pike gave up the key.

Phebe, do you think there's any chance of cook's giving us some cake, or even some bread-and-butter, to take with us?'

But I meant that Algernon has shown his sense in not selecting a bread-and-butter Miss.





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