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"breadline" in British English

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uk   us   /ˈbred.laɪn/

breadline noun (INCOME)

the breadline [S] UK the ​level of ​incomepeople have when they are ​extremelypoor: Most ​students are on/​close to/below the breadline.

breadline noun (GROUP)

[C] US a ​group of ​peoplewaitingoutside a ​particularbuilding to be given ​food: You'll ​see breadlines ​outside many New York ​churches at ​lunchtime.
(Definition of breadline from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"breadline" in Business English

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breadlinenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈbredlaɪn/ UK
the breadline the ​level of ​income someone has when they are very ​poor, with only just enough ​money to ​buyfood, ​pay their ​rent, etc.: Far too many are ​surviving just above the breadline. on/​close to/below the breadline
(Definition of breadline from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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