To break bread. To partake of food. Common in Scripture
language. Breaking of bread. The Eucharist.
“They continued ... in breaking of bread, and in prayers.”- Acts ii.
42; and again verse 46.
He took bread and salt, i.e. he took his oath. Bread and salt
were formerly eaten when an oath was taken.
Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days
(Eccles. xi. 1). When the Nile overflows its banks the weeds perish
and the soil is disintegrated. The rice-seed being cast into the water
takes root, and is found in due time growing in healthful vigour.
Don't quarrel with your bread and butter.
Don't foolishly give up the pursuit by which you earn your living.
To know which side one's bread is buttered. To be mindful of one's
To take the bread out of one's mouth.
To forestall another; to say something which another was on the
point of saying; to take away another's livelihood. (See under
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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