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 for bread and butter
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bread \Bread\ (br[e^]d), n. [AS. bre['a]d; akin to OFries.
     br[=a]d, OS. br[=o]d, D. brood, G. brod, brot, Icel.
     brau[eth], Sw. & Dan. br["o]d. The root is probably that of
     E. brew. [root]93. See Brew.]
     1. An article of food made from flour or meal by moistening,
        kneading, and baking.
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     Note:
  
     Raised bread is made with yeast, salt, and sometimes a
        little butter or lard, and is mixed with warm milk or
        water to form the dough, which, after kneading, is given
        time to rise before baking.
  
     Cream of tartar bread is raised by the action of an
        alkaline carbonate or bicarbonate (as saleratus or
        ammonium bicarbonate) and cream of tartar (acid tartrate
        of potassium) or some acid.
  
     Unleavened bread is usually mixed with water and salt only.
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     A["e]rated bread. See under A["e]rated.
  
     Bread and butter (fig.), means of living.
  
     Brown bread, Indian bread, Graham bread, Rye and
     Indian bread. See Brown bread, under Brown.
  
     Bread tree. See Breadfruit.
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     2. Food; sustenance; support of life, in general.
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              Give us this day our daily bread.     --Matt. vi. 11
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  bread and butter
      n 1: the financial means whereby one lives; "each child was
           expected to pay for their keep"; "he applied to the state
           for support"; "he could no longer earn his own livelihood"
           [syn: support, keep, livelihood, living, bread and
           butter, sustenance]

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