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a kind of food made of flour or meal that has been mixed with milk or water, made into a dough or batter, with or without yeast or other leavening agent, and baked.
food or sustenance; livelihood:
to earn one’s bread.
Slang. money.
Ecclesiastical. the wafer or bread used in a Eucharistic service.
Cookery. to cover with breadcrumbs or meal.
break bread,

to eat a meal, especially in companionable association with others.
to distribute or participate in Communion.

cast one’s bread upon the waters, to act generously or charitably with no thought of personal gain.
know which side one’s bread is buttered on, to be aware of those things that are to one’s own advantage.
take the bread out of someone’s mouth, to deprive someone of livelihood.
Contemporary Examples

How Havana Perfected the Sandwich Ana Sofia Pelaez September 7, 2009
Nine Amazing Places To Skinny Dip Around The World Erin Cunningham September 20, 2013
Snacks: You Lie! The Daily Beast September 22, 2009
The Jersey Shore’s Biggest Weiners Are at Jimmy Buff’s Jane & Michael Stern June 14, 2014
Wolfgang’s Revolution, at Your Gates Katie Workman July 27, 2009

Historical Examples

Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush William Makepeace Thackeray
The National Nursery Book Unknown
By Canoe and Dog-Train Egerton Ryerson Young
Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
Jeremiah Stefan Zweig

a food made from a dough of flour or meal mixed with water or milk, usually raised with yeast or baking powder and then baked
necessary food; nourishment: give us our daily bread
a slang word for money
(Christianity) a small loaf, piece of bread, or wafer of unleavened bread used in the Eucharist
bread and circuses, something offered as a means of distracting attention from a problem or grievance
break bread, See break (sense 46)
cast one’s bread upon the waters, to do good without expectation of advantage or return
to know which side one’s bread is buttered, to know what to do in order to keep one’s advantages
take the bread out of someone’s mouth, to deprive someone of a livelihood
(transitive) to cover with breadcrumbs before cooking: breaded veal

In addition to the idioms beginning with bread
bread and butter


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