breadline(redirected from below the breadline)
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bread·linealso bread line (brĕd′līn′)
A line of people waiting to receive food given by a charitable organization or public agency.
below the breadline
on the breadline
Dependent on public donations of food.
1. (Social Welfare) a queue of people waiting for free food given out by a government agency or a charity organization
2. on the breadline impoverished; living at subsistence level