an agricultural area that provides large amounts of food, especially grain, to other areas.
Slang. a person's stomach or abdomen.
of, relating to, or characteristic of a geographical breadbasket: Iowa is a breadbasket state.
Origin of breadbasket
First recorded in 1545–55; bread
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for bread-basket
Historical Examples of bread-basket
I have long wished to have a bout with those knights of the bread-basket.
His heart he called his courage-hold and his stomach his bread-basket.
He hammered his big fist into the bread-basket of the ringleader and said, 'Git!'
Then the servant brought him his portion, and gave him bread from the bread-basket.
One of the most striking—and satisfactory—features of the new restaurant rgime is the disappearance of the bread-basket.
British Dictionary definitions for bread-basket
a basket for carrying bread or rolls
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Word Origin and History for bread-basket
1550s, "basket for holding bread," from bread (n.) + basket. Slang meaning "stomach" is attested from 1753, especially in pugilism.
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