bread line

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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. bread and circuses,
  2. bread and honey,
  3. bread basket,
  4. bread flour,
  5. bread knife,
  6. bread mold,
  7. bread mould,
  8. bread sauce,
  9. bread-and-butter,
  10. bread-and-butter letter

Origin of bread line

First recorded in 1825–35

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples 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