bread-and-butter

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bread-and-butter

[bred-n-buht-er]
adjective
1.
providing a livelihood or basic source of income; supplying the basic needs of life: a bread-and-butter job; the agency's bread-and-butter account.
2.
of or pertaining to basic needs: housing and other bread-and-butter political issues.
3.
basic or everyday; staple; routine.
4.
expressing thanks for hospitality: a bread-and-butter letter.

Origin:
1720–30; adj. use of noun phrase bread and butter

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