Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

bread and butter

bread and butter
1) a basic need or form of sustenance
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • that job is my bread and butter
  • Analysis
     This expression is common in both a social and professional context and can be used in a couple of different ways. Firstly, in relation to something that is the primary source of income or sustenance for somebody or something, such as a job or industry, and secondly, in relation to people's most basic needs and concerns. The term is hyphenated to become 'bread-and-butter' when used as an adjective before a noun. 'Backbone' and 'lifeblood' have a similar meaning.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Bartending is just bread-and-butter work for me. My real goal is to make it as an actor.
    2. The politician felt that she could better connect with voters if she focused on bread-and-butter issues.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Selling coffee will always be our bread and butter, but I'd like to explore the possibility of branching into organic food as well.
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