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eat the bread of idleness

To eat food that one has not personally earned. The phrase originated in the Bible. I refuse to eat the bread of idleness.
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eat the bread of idleness

eat food that you have not worked for. literary
This phrase appears in the description of the virtuous woman in Proverbs 31:27: ‘She…eateth not the bread of idleness’.
See also: bread, eat, idleness, of
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