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Examples of breadbasket in a Sentence
the breadbasket of the world
The area is becoming the nation's breadbasket.
Recent Examples of breadbasket from the Web
The state of Styria is largely considered to be the country’s breadbasket thanks to miles of farmlands and vineyards, and restaurants in Graz take full advantage.
The state became the breadbasket of the nation with the bountiful wheat produced.
The prediction for more persistent droughts in the breadbasket states is severe.
While South Sudanese once dreamed that their country would become Africa’s breadbasket, fighting has obliterated agriculture.
The same will be true in Iraq and Syria and much of the rest of the Middle East; some of the most densely populated parts of Australia, Africa, and South America; and the breadbasket regions of China.
Earlier in the same practice, quarterback Brett Favre had dropped a swing pass into Bronko Nagurski’s breadbasket with perfect touch.
Because the hard, red winter wheat that made Kansas a Western Hemisphere breadbasket doesn’t grow in Cuba, Cubans import most of their grain on credit from France and Canada.
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Did You Know?
Breadbasket has been used as slang in English since at least the mid-1700s. (It has been used even longer to mean literally a basket for holding bread.) It can refer to the stomach as an actual digestive organ ("his breadbasket rumbled with hunger"), but these days it's more commonly applied to the general stomach area ("rested her hands on her breadbasket"). No one is quite sure of the exact origins of the use, but it’s likely that there’s some connection between the basket used to hold bread and the basket where the bread ends up after a person eats it. Breadbasket has also come to refer to an area that supplies an important amount of grain ("the breadbasket of the country").
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