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bread and butter Explained

bread and butter at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

noun [U]
1 slices of bread that have been spread with butter:
a piece of bread and butter
2 (informal) a person or company's main source of income

Bread and butter at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Bread \Bread\, n. [AS. bre['a]d; akin to OFries. br[=a]d, OS.
br?d, D. brood, G. brod, brot, Icel. brau?, Sw. & Dan.
br["o]d. The root is probably that of E. brew. ? See {Brew}.]
1. An article of food made from flour or meal by moistening,
kneading, and baking.


{Raised bread} is made with yeast, salt, and sometimes a
little butter or lard, and is mixed with warm milk or
water to form the dough, which, after kneading, is given
time to rise before baking.

{Cream of tartar bread} is raised by the action of an
alkaline carbonate or bicarbonate (as saleratus or
ammonium bicarbonate) and cream of tartar (acid tartrate
of potassium) or some acid.

{Unleavened bread} is usually mixed with water and salt only.

{A["e]rated bread}. See under {A["e]rated}.

{Bread and butter} (fig.), means of living.

{Brown bread}, {Indian bread}, {Graham bread}, {Rye and
Indian bread}. See {Brown bread}, under {Brown}.

{Bread tree}. See {Breadfruit}.

2. Food; sustenance; support of life, in general.

Give us this day our daily bread. --Matt. vi. 11

bread and butter at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

bread and butter
n : 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" [syn: {support}, {keep}, {livelihood}, {living},

bread and butter at English (WD) Of Explained:

Inter: also » bread-and-butter



Inter: en-noun » head=bread and butter|-
  • Inter: &lit » bread|butter
    1. Inter: idiomati » c That which is central or fundamental, as to one's business, survival, or income; a staple or cornerstone.
    2. : They will do some machining if you ask them, but sheet metal has always been their bread and butter.

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