from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Means of support; livelihood.
- n. 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).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Used other than as an idiom: see bread, butter.
- n. That which is central or fundamental, as to one's business, survival, or income; a staple or cornerstone.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. means of living.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Seeking bread and butter, or the means of living; controlled by material wants and desires; mercenary: as, the bread-and-butter brigade (applied to office-seekers in the United States).
- Eating much bread and butter, as young boys or girls; hence, belonging to adolescence; in the stage of growth: as, she's but a bread-and-butter miss.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the financial means whereby one lives
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