bread and circuses
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Yes, Byrd—dead four-and-a-half years now—was a Kleagle in the Ku Klux Klan.Steve Scalise and the Right’s Ridiculous Racial Blame Game|Michael Tomasky|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The tasteless bread was transformed into a sweet cake that included ingredients, such as dried fruit and marzipan.One Cake to Rule Them All: How Stollen Stole Our Hearts|Molly Hannon|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Later that night, that same black-and-red banner would be seen again—in the column of marchers chanting for dead cops.
She also practises etching, pen-and-ink drawing, as well as crayon and water-color sketching.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D.|Clara Erskine Clement
I tell you, madam, most distinctly and emphatically, that it is bread pudding and the meanest kind at that.'
No law of that country must exceed in words the number of letters in their alphabet, which consists only in two-and-twenty.Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
In Tiefurt we partook of a magnificent collation consisting of a mug of beer, brown bread and sausage!Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
Newhall Street, and a new thoroughfare made in continuation of Bread Street.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham|Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
Cultural definitions for bread and circuses
A phrase used by a Roman writer to deplore the declining heroism of Romans after the Roman Republic ceased to exist and the Roman Empire began: “Two things only the people anxiously desire — bread and circuses.” The government kept the Roman populace happy by distributing free food and staging huge spectacles. (See Colosseum.)