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bread line

or bread·line

[ bred-lahyn ]
/ ˈbrɛdˌlaɪn /
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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.

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Origin of bread line

First recorded in 1895–1900
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  • It seemed brutal to be wading into the bill of fare with poor old Bicky headed for the breadline.

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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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