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"bread and butter" in British English

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bread and butternoun [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 ​butterright now.
bread-and-butter
adjective [before noun] uk   us  
Bread-and-butter ​ideas or ​problems are the ​basic things that ​directlyrelate to most ​people: Health and ​education are the ​kind of bread-and-butter issues that ​peoplevote 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 ​moneyneeded 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 ​basickind and ​directlyrelating to most ​people: Health and ​education are the ​sort of bread-and-butter ​issues that ​peoplevote 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 ​mainincome: 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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