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"bread and butter" in British English

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bread and butternoun [U]

uk   /ˌbred ən ˈbʌt.ər/  us   /ˌbred ən ˈbʌt̬.ɚ/
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 kind of bread-and-butter issues that people vote on.
(Definition of bread and butter from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bread and butter" in American English

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bread and butternoun [U]

 us   /ˈbred ən ˈbʌt̬·ər/
the way someone earns the money needed to live: I do a lot of photography, but accounting is my bread and butter.

bread-and-butteradjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈbred·ənˈbʌt̬·ər/
of the most basic kind and directly relating to most people: Health and education are the sort of bread-and-butter issues that people vote on.
(Definition of bread and butter from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bread and butter" in Business English

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bread and butternoun [U]

uk   us   informal
a job or activity that provides a person's or organization's main income: Small-business clients are our bread and butter.
(Definition of bread and butter from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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