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bread line

a group of needy persons waiting in line for free food to be distributed by a government agency or charitable organization.
Origin of bread line
1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • We would stand in the bread-line just like the rest of them and get our roll and coffee.

    Dave Ranney Dave Ranney
  • People will continue to starve so long as they are content with a circus and a bread-line.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • He came to know what it meant to stand in the bread-line, to go the rounds of the homeless "one-night stands."

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • In her eyes was the look of hunger, like that of the starving woman in the bread-line.

    Sudden Jim Clarence Budington Kelland

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