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breadbasket

[bred-bas-kit, -bah-skit] /ˈbrɛdˌbæs kɪt, -ˌbɑ skɪt/
noun
1.
a basket or similar container for bread or rolls.
2.
an agricultural area that provides large amounts of food, especially grain, to other areas.
3.
Slang. a person's stomach or abdomen.
adjective
4.
of, relating to, or characteristic of a geographical breadbasket:
Iowa is a breadbasket state.
Origin of breadbasket
1545-1555
1545-55; bread + basket
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Examples from the Web for bread-basket
Historical Examples
  • I have long wished to have a bout with those knights of the bread-basket.

    The Robbers Friedrich Schiller
  • His heart he called his courage-hold and his stomach his bread-basket.

    Trafalgar Benito Prez Galds
  • Neither would I, if I didn't know to what extremes a man of my attainments may be driven, when his bread-basket is empty.

    Jiglets Walter Jones
  • One of the most striking—and satisfactory—features of the new restaurant rgime is the disappearance of the bread-basket.

  • He hammered his big fist into the bread-basket of the ringleader and said, 'Git!'

    The Yukon Trail William MacLeod Raine
  • Now, Doctor, take care of your bread-basket—eyes right, look to your napper.

  • Then the servant brought him his portion, and gave him bread from the bread-basket.

    The Odyssey Homer
  • When several wagers were laid pro and con, Giles hit the giant in the bread-basket.

  • It seems one of the bales of hay had been tipped over when the Kernel give his big jump, an hit the chap rite in his bread-basket.

  • I am happy to add that when the battle was over the "bread-basket" was all right, and has given me but very little trouble since.

British Dictionary definitions for bread-basket

breadbasket

/ˈbrɛdˌbɑːskɪt/
noun
1.
a basket for carrying bread or rolls
2.
a slang word for stomach
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Word Origin and History for bread-basket
n.

1550s, "basket for holding bread," from bread (n.) + basket. Slang meaning "stomach" is attested from 1753, especially in pugilism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for bread-basket

breadbasket

noun

The stomach; abdomen; kishkes, labonza (1750s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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