Bread-and-butter meaning

brĕdn-bŭtər
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.

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Means of support; livelihood.
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The essential sustaining element or elements; the mainstay.
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Expressive of gratitude for hospitality.

A bread-and-butter note.

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Relating to subsistence or to the product, work, etc. basically relied on for earnings.
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Basic, commonplace, everyday, etc.
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Expressing thanks, as a letter sent to one's host or hostess after a visit.
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Used other than as an idiom: see bread,"Ž and,"Ž butter.

Bread-and-butter pudding.

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Relating to basic sustenance or the requirements for everyday living for the masses.
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(archaic) A general saying used to ward off bad luck.
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(archaic) A saying specifically used to ward off bad luck when separating hands to walk either side of a tree.
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Used other than as an idiom: see bread,"Ž butter.
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(idiomatic) That which is central or fundamental, as to one's business, survival, or income; a staple or cornerstone.

They will do some machining if you ask them, but sheet metal has always been their bread and butter.

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