Definition of breadbasket
1 slang : stomach
2 : a major cereal-producing region
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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
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.
Some vineyards escape horrendous winter damage Many vineyards in the Snake River Valley suffered devastation, especially the industry’s breadbasket that is Skyline, but there are encouraging signs that the 2017 vintage won’t be quite as meager.
Bountiful fields — here in a part of the country known as South Sudan’s breadbasket — lie untended during a desperate national food crisis.
This was all once desert, but irrigation has turned it into a breadbasket producing vegetables like potatoes and spinach and onions, as well as alfalfa, Bermuda grass and hay.
Demographically speaking, Long Island is hostile territory and Mr. Trump’s breadbasket.
That, faithful reader, is well within the bountiful Danger Room breadbasket.
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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").
First Known Use of breadbasket
BREADBASKET Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of breadbasket for English Language Learners
: a region that provides large amounts of food
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