Definition of breadline noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    breadline

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈbredlaɪn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbredlaɪn//
     
     
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  1. 1[singular] the lowest level of income on which it is possible to live Many people without jobs are living on the breadline (= are very poor).
  2. 2[countable] (North American English) (in the past) a line of people waiting to receive free food
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: breadline