loaves and fishes
Definition of loaves and fishes
: material gain concentrating on how to get loaves and fishes, the schools … make out of our youngsters precisely what their parents wish them to become — B. I. Bell
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Origin and Etymology of loaves and fishes
so called from the 5 barley loaves and 2 fishes with which Jesus miraculously fed a multitude of 5000 (John 6) that he later reproached for their greater interest in the food than in him (John 6: 26)
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