Definitions for bread and butter

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  1. support, keep, livelihood, living, bread and butter, sustenance(noun)

    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"

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  1. bread and butter(Noun)

    That which is central or fundamental, as to one's business, survival, or income; a staple or cornerstone.

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  1. Bread and butter

    "Bread and butter" is a superstitious blessing or charm, typically said by young couples or friends walking together when they are forced to separate by an obstacle, such as a pole or another person. By saying the phrase, the bad luck of letting something come between them is thought to be averted. Both walkers must say the phrase, and if they do not do this, then a bitter quarrel is expected to occur. The concept derives from the difficulty of separating butter from bread once it has been spread – buttered bread cannot be "unbuttered". Another phrase which may be used in this way is "salt and pepper".


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