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below the breadline

Said of one who is impoverished. The "breadline" is a line of people awaiting the distribution of food from a charity. Yeah, I'm still looking for work, but at least I'm not below the breadline.
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below the breadline

Extremely poor.
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People are finding it tough, they are living below the bread line, they are foregoing basics like food and heating just to get by.
POCKETS of poverty in the North East see up to half of children in certain neigh bourhoods living below the bread line, new figures suggest.
One in seven families will be below the bread line even with an 80 per cent employment rate, researchers found.
"The 1% cap on working age benefits and other looming welfare cuts are going to hit the incomes of the least well off and could push 200,000 more families below the bread line."
My bank account shows funds below the bread line. All costs of services, power, water, telephone, rent, food - everything - has gone up; my perceived income has not.
RISING housing costs are tipping more Welsh families into poverty, at a time when the number of people living below the bread line is falling across the rest of Britain.
At First Minister's questions in the Senedd, she said: "It gives me no pleasure to be able to inform you that a food bank network has sprung up in Wales in order to distribute emergency food supplies to those people living below the bread line."
"It gives Muslims the opportunity to connect with humanity and experience the reality of the vast majority of people on the planet who live below the bread line.
If some of that cash had been spent on letting pensioners know what was rightfully theirs, we might not have millions of pensioners living below the bread line."
Mr Verheugen also referred to challenges for Latvia in employment and labour policy - due to high "underemployment" and "hidden employment" and a large share of the population being below the bread line. Ethnicity and language skills appeared to be a factor in unemployment, but further research of employment disparities was needed, he said.
"I am living below the bread line now, if it was not for my mother helping me out - and she's a pensioner.
A recent report by Save The Children revealed that 73,000 children in the North East are living in poverty and also that the number of families living below the bread line grew even when the economy was booming.
Their study - entitled 'Through Thick and Thin: Tackling Child Poverty in Hard Times' - revealed after housing costs a couple with two small children are left with just pounds 225 a week, which puts them pounds 115 below the bread line.
IN REPLY to J Falbert, Your Shout, last night, who is calling Tony Blair I would just like to say before Tony Blair was elected as Prime Minister many groups were living below the bread line existing through tick shops and money lenders.
Hers is a considered and reflective piece about the loneliness of youngsters living below the bread line, about the simple needs of a child with little to look forward to.