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(your) bread and butter

Meaning: Your bread and butter is your livelihood or the source of your income.

For example:

  • Bartending is my bread and butter at the moment, but I'm trying to get into acting.

  • The conditions are bad, but this work is their bread and butter so make sure the workers have other jobs before you close down the factory.

Quick Quiz:

This job is my bread and butter, so
  1. I don't really need it
  2. I don't get paid for it
  3. I can't afford to lose it

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