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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
Two years ago, South Sudan’s war expanded into southern parts of the country that had long been seen as the country’s breadbasket.
Unfortunately their migration route over the breadbasket of the midwest takes them through acres and acres of milkweed-free agricultural fields (farmers view the plant as a nuisance).
Farming in Syria goes back many thousands of years and the nation was long a breadbasket for the area.
If Draper has his way, California would be cleaved into a northern state with San Francisco at its core, a smaller but populous center built around Los Angeles, and a southern state encompassing much of the breadbasket Central Valley plus San Diego.
But suddenly at 34, cutting the breadbasket didn't, well, cut it.
First farmed by Polynesian settlers centuries ago, this remote paradise is nothing short of a feral garden, a breadbasket bursting with nearly everything a crafty human specimen needs to survive.
Approximately 1,500 people rallied at the Capitol on Thursday asking legislators to end health disparities in California’s breadbasket, which has some of the highest child poverty rates and the worst air quality in the state.
Equatoria was once South Sudan’s breadbasket, producing the corn, sorghum and vegetables that fed the nation including the oil-rich north where famine hit last year.
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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").
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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