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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
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.
One of the biggest moments of their lives is just two days away, yet the sourdough breadbasket and butter has rightfully consumed their attention.
Taste the bounty of the winter breadbasket with the freshest farm-to-table experiences in the peak of winter.
But even under this new crop distribution, some important growing regions—notably the breadbasket of the American Midwest—continue to deal with water scarcity, indicating that they are maxed out.
The state became the breadbasket of the nation with the bountiful wheat produced.
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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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