breadline

noun
bread·​line | \ˈbred-ˌlīn \

Definition of breadline 

: a line of people waiting to receive free food

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Think breadlines and grinding poverty in the cities and dust bowls in the agricultural areas. Michael Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, "Think the U.S. is at odds? Consider Greece.," 26 June 2018 Nine crazy years at the ticker and three long years in the breadlines! Kevin Baker, The New Republic, "Why America needs truth and reconciliation after Trump," 17 May 2018 The Czech Republic has enough of its own problems, people living on the breadline, single mothers. David Frum, The Atlantic, "The New Test to Democracy in the Czech Republic," 23 Oct. 2017 If Bill Clinton took us back to the days of Hoovervilles and breadlines, Paul Ryan and his fellow conservatives want to return us to Dickensian England. Bryce Covert, New Republic, "Deadbeat Democrats," 21 Sep. 2017 Their lavish affairs (the bill for Barbara’s was $80,000) were singled out as examples of wildly inappropriate spending during the grim period of breadlines and massive unemployment. Stephanie Mansfield, Town & Country, "Inside the World's Richest Rivalry: Doris Duke and Barbara Hutton," 26 Apr. 2017

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1900, in the meaning defined above

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breadline

noun

English Language Learners Definition of breadline

: a line of people who are waiting to receive free food

the breadline : the level of income at which someone is considered poor

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