American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A staple or necessary food, especially bread.
- n. Bread, or some other staple foodstuff.
- n. food made from dough of flour or meal and usually raised with yeast or baking powder and then baked
- By extension from Biblical phrase break the staff of bread. (Wiktionary)
“Most of the time only one-fourth pound of bread for two days was allowed; and the soggy black peasant's bread is the staff of life in Russia – it is not a "trimming" like our American bread.”
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