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"breadline" in British English

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uk   /ˈbred.laɪn/ us   /ˈbred.laɪn/
  • 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.
  • 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.
(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   /ˈbredlaɪn/ us   UK
the breadline
the level of income someone has when they are very poor, with only just enough money to buy food, 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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