bread and butter

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bread and butter

1. Means of support; livelihood.
2. The essential sustaining element or elements; the mainstay: "As ever, politics, vulgarity and sentimentality were the bread and butter of the Academy Awards" (David Ansen).

bread and butter

1. (modifier) a means of support or subsistence; livelihood: the inheritance was their bread and butter.
2. bread-and-butter
a. providing a basic means of subsistence: a bread-and-butter job.
b. solid, reliable, or practical: a bread-and-butter player.
c. expressing gratitude, as for hospitality (esp in the phrase bread-and-butter letter)

bread′ and but′ter

a basic means of support or income; source of livelihood; sustenance.


(ˈbrɛd nˈbʌt ər)

1. providing a livelihood or reliable income: the agency's bread-and-butter accounts.
2. of or pertaining to the basic needs of life.
3. basic or everyday; staple; routine.
4. expressing thanks for hospitality: a bread-and-butter letter.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bread and butter - the financial means whereby one livesbread and butter - the financial means whereby one lives; "each child was expected to pay for their keep"; "he applied to the state for support"; "he could no longer earn his own livelihood"
resource - available source of wealth; a new or reserve supply that can be drawn upon when needed
amenities, comforts, conveniences, creature comforts - things that make you comfortable and at ease; "all the comforts of home"
maintenance - means of maintenance of a family or group
meal ticket - a source of income or livelihood
subsistence - minimal (or marginal) resources for subsisting; "social security provided only a bare subsistence"

bread and butter

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bread and butter

n it's his bread and butter (livelihood) → è il suo pane


(bred) noun
1. a type of food made of flour or meal baked. bread and butter.
2. one's living. This is how I earn my daily bread.
ˈbreadcrumbs noun plural
very tiny pieces of bread. Dip the fish in egg and breadcrumbs.
ˈbreadwinner noun
a person who earns money to keep a family. When her husband died she had to become the breadwinner.
bread and butter
(a way of earning) one's living. Writing novels is my bread and butter.
on the breadline
with barely enough to live on. The widow and her children are on the breadline.

bread and butter takes a singular verb.
References in classic literature ?
She had milk and cream cheese to sell, and bread and butter.
Rebecca swallowed a piece of bread and butter, and flew up the front stairs to her bedroom.
The aunt was as tiresome as ever; more tiresome, because anxiety for her health was now added to admiration of her powers; and they had to listen to the description of exactly how little bread and butter she ate for breakfast, and how small a slice of mutton for dinner, as well as to see exhibitions of new caps and new workbags for her mother and herself; and Jane's offences rose again.
Medlock had bought a lunchbasket at one of the stations and they had some chicken and cold beef and bread and butter and some hot tea.
It will do her good to marry without making a pecuniary profit by it; she will respect herself the more afterwards, and will neither want bread and butter nor be ashamed of her husband's origin, in spite of having married for love alone.
His sole expense therefore was for breakfast, invariably composed of a cup of chocolate, with bread and butter and fruits in their season.
Snagsby takes his book down from the safe, makes another bolt of the bit of bread and butter which seemed to have stopped short, eyes the affidavit aside, and brings his right forefinger travelling down a page of the book, "Jewby--Packer--Jarndyce.