What does bread and butter mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  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"


  1. bread and butter(Noun)

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


  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".


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bread and butter in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bread and butter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. English Proverb:

    Never fall out with your bread and butter.

  2. Terry Reilly:

    China basically in some respects is an exporter's bread and butter.

  3. Virginia Brown:

    Our bread and butter is drafting that legislation and getting it through the legislative process.

  4. Pete Buttigieg:

    (Trump) had this message about fairness and unfairness that should be the bread-and-butter of the Democratic Party.

  5. Miguel de Cervantes:

    I never thrust my nose into other men's porridge. It is no bread and butter of mine every man for himself, and God for us all.

Images & Illustrations of bread and butter

  1. bread and butterbread and butterbread and butter

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