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bread and butter

noun [U] uk   us  
your bread and butter a job or activity that provides you with the money you need to live: Gardening is my bread and butter at the moment.
bread-and-butter
adjective [before noun] uk   us  
Bread-and-butter ideas or problems are the basic things that directly relate to most people: Health and education are the sort of bread-and-butter issues that people vote on.
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