bread-and-butter issue

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Noun1.bread-and-butter issue - an issue whose settlement will affect financial resources
issue - an important question that is in dispute and must be settled; "the issue could be settled by requiring public education for everyone"; "politicians never discuss the real issues"
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rank-and-file a higher value on bread-and-butter issues to the detriment
Besides arguments for the importance of bread-and-butter issues, a