The definition of bread-and-butter means the work that earns you a solid income.
The profitable and popular shoe department at a store is an example of the store’s bread-and-butter.
- relating to subsistence or to the product, work, etc. basically relied on for earnings
- basic, commonplace, everyday, etc.
- expressing thanks, as a letter sent to one's host or hostess after a visit
bread and butter
- Means of support; livelihood.
- The essential sustaining element or elements; the mainstay: “As ever, politics, vulgarity and sentimentality were the bread and butter of the Academy Awards” ( David Ansen )
- a. Influenced by or undertaken out of necessity: a bread-and-butter job.b. Reliable, especially for producing income; basic: Household appliances are the company's bread-and-butter goods.
- Expressive of gratitude for hospitality: a bread-and-butter note.
(comparative more bread-and-butter, superlative most bread-and-butter)
- (archaic) A general saying used to ward off bad luck
- (archaic) A saying specifically used to ward off bad luck when separating hands to walk either side of a tree