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bread-and-butter

[bred-n-buht-er] /ˈbrɛd nˈbʌt ər/
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 relating 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
1720-1730
1720-30; adj. use of noun phrase bread and butter
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  • He approaches the question from the bread-and-butter side.
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