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breadbasket

[bred-bas-kit, -bah-skit]
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noun
  1. a basket or similar container for bread or rolls.
  2. an agricultural area that provides large amounts of food, especially grain, to other areas.
  3. Slang. a person's stomach or abdomen.
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of a geographical breadbasket: Iowa is a breadbasket state.
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Origin of breadbasket

First recorded in 1545–55; bread + basket
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Examples from the Web for breadbasket

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  • "I hope, Breadbasket, that your master will send me my things at any rate," cries Jemmy.

    Burlesques

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • A general chirp of conversation is presently established, interspersed with heavy demands upon the breadbasket by the gentlemen.

    Ask Momma

    R. S. Surtees

  • Indeed, there were occasions when the breadbasket was removed from my table, so savage was the raid I made upon it.

    Nights in London

    Thomas Burke

  • The oldster before mentioned put his hand into the breadbasket, and seized a handful of the biscuit.

    The King's Own

    Captain Frederick Marryat


British Dictionary definitions for breadbasket

breadbasket

noun
  1. a basket for carrying bread or rolls
  2. a slang word for stomach
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