bread line

or bread·line

[ bred-lahyn ]
/ ˈbrɛdˌlaɪn /

noun

a group of needy persons waiting in line for free food to be distributed by a government agency or charitable organization.

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Origin of bread line

First recorded in 1895–1900
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Example sentences from the Web for bread line

  • People will continue to starve so long as they are content with a circus and a bread-line.

    The Root of Evil|Thomas Dixon
  • In her eyes was the look of hunger, like that of the starving woman in the bread-line.

    Sudden Jim|Clarence Budington Kelland
  • We would stand in the bread-line just like the rest of them and get our roll and coffee.

    Dave Ranney|Dave Ranney

British Dictionary definitions for bread line

breadline
/ (ˈbrɛdˌlaɪn) /

noun

a queue of people waiting for free food given out by a government agency or a charity organization
on the breadline impoverished; living at subsistence level
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