(your) bread and butter

This page is about the idiom (your) bread and butter


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

a. I don't really need it

b. I don't get paid for it

c. I can't afford to lose it

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Contributor: Matt Errey