Meaning of “bread and butter” in the English Dictionary

"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)