bread·​line | \ ˈbred-ˌlīn How to pronounce breadline (audio) \

Definition of breadline

: a line of people waiting to receive free food

Examples of breadline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The publication covers homelessness and housing, and is sold by rough sleepers and other people below the breadline as a way of making a weekly income. Max Foster And Rob Picheta, CNN, 10 June 2022 Medical workers picked shards of glass out of the faces, arms and legs of civilians wounded in the breadline. Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2022 Jimmy Hill was in Ukraine at the time to help his partner get critical health care procedures when he was reportedly killed in a breadline. Fox News, 19 Mar. 2022 Too often during bankruptcy proceedings, remediation costs are shunted to the back of the breadline after creditors, executives, employees, and vendors take their share of the company’s assets. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, 12 Apr. 2021 Police officers on bikes circled while volunteers finished placing the last barricades that would split the modern day breadline into two lanes. Nic Garcia, Dallas News, 23 July 2020 The loneliness of a single mother on the breadline, for example, is very different to that of an elderly man whose peers have died, or a teenager who is connected online but lacks offline friendships. Fay Bound Alberti, Quartz, 25 Nov. 2019 All this work and sweat kept him on the breadline for some years. Douglas Murray, National Review, 11 July 2019 Think breadlines and grinding poverty in the cities and dust bowls in the agricultural areas. Michael Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, 26 June 2018 See More

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First Known Use of breadline

1894, in the meaning defined above

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16 Jun 2022

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“Breadline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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