be on the breadline(redirected from live on the breadline)
be on the breadline
To be very poor, as if one could (or does) rely on food donations to survive. A "breadline" is a line of people seeking food distributed by a charitable or government agency. If I don't make a big sale this week, my family will be on the breadline. Sure, we have money now, but my grandmother grew up in a family that was on the breadline and lived in public housing.
be/live on the breadline(British & Australian)
to be very poor
Usage notes: In America, breadlines were very poor people standing in a line waiting for free food provided by the government.Most families of the unemployed are on the breadline. How many elderly people in Britain are living on the breadline?