Meaning of “breadline” in the English Dictionary

"breadline" in British English

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breadlinenoun

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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