breadline

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breadline (plural breadlines)

  1. A line of people waiting to receive food from a charity.
  2. Subsistence level.
    • 1993, Irvine Welsh: Trainspotting, p 249:
      [...] and she wasn't used to cash, living on the breadline with a kid to bring up.

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