Bread-and-butter Definition

brĕdn-bŭtər
noun
Means of support; livelihood.
American Heritage
The essential sustaining element or elements; the mainstay.
American Heritage
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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Used other than as an idiom: see bread,"Ž butter.

Wiktionary

(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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adjective
Relating to subsistence or to the product, work, etc. basically relied on for earnings.
Webster's New World
Influenced by or undertaken out of necessity.
A bread-and-butter job.
American Heritage
Reliable, especially for producing income; basic.
Household appliances are the company's bread-and-butter goods.
American Heritage
Basic, commonplace, everyday, etc.
Webster's New World
Expressive of gratitude for hospitality.
A bread-and-butter note.
American Heritage
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interjection
(archaic) A general saying used to ward off bad luck.
Wiktionary
(archaic) A saying specifically used to ward off bad luck when separating hands to walk either side of a tree.
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