Are on the breadline - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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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.
References in periodicals archive
I'll bet those who say they are on the breadline
still have their cans of beer and cigarettes.
The poorest area in Wales is Townhill, in Swansea, where a shocking 38 per cent of people are on the breadline
"They should be trying to help us at a time when rural pubs are on the breadline
because of the foot and mouth outbreak."