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breadline

/ˈbrɛdˌlaɪn/
noun
1.
a queue of people waiting for free food given out by a government agency or a charity organization
2.
on the breadline, impoverished; living at subsistence level
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  • It seemed brutal to be wading into the bill of fare with poor old Bicky headed for the breadline.

    My Man Jeeves P. G. Wodehouse

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