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English definition of “breadline”

breadline

noun uk   /ˈbred.laɪn/ us  

breadline noun (INCOME)

the breadline [S] UK the level of income people have when they are extremely poor: Most students are on/close to/below the breadline.Poverty and poor

breadline noun (GROUP)

[C] US a group of people waiting outside a particular building to be given food: You'll see breadlines outside many New York churches at lunchtime.Poor people
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