bread-and-butter

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adjective

bread-and-but·​ter ˈbred-ən(d)-ˈbə-tər How to pronounce bread-and-butter (audio)
1
a
: being as basic as the earning of one's livelihood
bread-and-butter issues
b(1)
: reliable
our bread-and-butter repertoire
(2)
: dependable as a source of income
a company's bread-and-butter products
2
: sent or given as thanks for hospitality
a bread-and-butter letter

bread and butter

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noun

: a means of sustenance or livelihood

Examples of bread-and-butter in a Sentence

Noun Casual clothing has always been the company's bread and butter.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Last season, Snell relied less on the fastball-slider combination that had been his bread-and-butter, incorporating his changeup and curveball more, which had the effect of mimicking his pitch mix from his 2018 Cy Young season. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 21 Mar. 2024 And because the return-to-office debate is still going strong, the office buildings and such that lots of local banks fund as their bread-and-butter are worth less. Melvin Backman, Quartz, 7 Mar. 2024 The issue occupies a key nexus where the bread-and-butter concerns of workers meet the larger goals of social justice. Jim Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Mar. 2024 Much of the address focused on bread-and-butter domestic issues like highways, health care, energy infrastructure and education. Anton Troianovski, New York Times, 29 Feb. 2024 NetApp’s bread-and-butter Hybrid Cloud business has been witnessing some headwinds of late due to weaker information technology spending and cost optimization by large businesses. Trefis Team, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 The store plans to expand its hours, building off what has thus far been its bread-and-butter: speaking events, including one last week with local author Lauren Markham, who is promoting a new book. Shomik Mukherjee, The Mercury News, 18 Feb. 2024 Like a lot of builders, Hayden has spent the past few years whittling back sizes on its bread-and-butter offering of one- and two-story homes between 1,400 and 2,500 square feet. Conor Dougherty, New York Times, 17 Feb. 2024 Stephenson’s bread-and-butter is analyzing hotel occupancy data to get a sense as to whether the events put more heads in beds than what’s typically seen. Alicia Wallace, CNN, 10 Feb. 2024
Noun
All entrees include soup or salad, Italian bread and butter, and dessert. Elaine Rewolinski, Journal Sentinel, 22 Mar. 2024 Ty is elite, but his bread and butter have always been hooks and features. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, 21 Feb. 2024 In-person gambling remains the bread and butter of the industry. Wayne Parry, Fortune, 21 Feb. 2024 Alo Airbrush Winter Warm High-Waist Nocturne Leggings, $86 (originally $108) Nordstrom Loungewear Deals Luxurious clothing at affordable prices is Nordstrom’s bread and butter, and the Zella brand has some major discounts leading into the end of the winter season. Merrell Readman, Travel + Leisure, 19 Feb. 2024 Politicians will force you to choose—that’s their bread and butter. Elliot Ackerman, WIRED, 8 Feb. 2024 Emotional songwriting just happened to be Flores’ bread and butter. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, 21 Mar. 2024 Dettmann said creating sound budgets is his bread and butter, along with explaining gritty budget details in a comprehensive way for others to digest. Claudia Levens, Journal Sentinel, 19 Mar. 2024 Sampling has been your bread and butter from the start. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 4 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

circa 1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1770, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bread-and-butter was in 1770

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Cite this Entry

“Bread-and-butter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bread-and-butter. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

bread-and-butter

adjective
ˌbred-ᵊn-ˈbət-ər
1
a
: concerned with or being as basic as earning a living
bread-and-butter economic issues
b
: dependable
bread-and-butter products that always sell
2
: sent or given as thanks for hospitality
a bread-and-butter note
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