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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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A CHILDREN'S charity today launches a bid to put the voices of young people living below the bread-line at the heart of the debate over ending child poverty.
Campaigners are calling for urgent action to tackle pensioner poverty after a report found nearly a third of British over-65s are living below the bread-line.
More than 25% of the population was living below the bread-line. About 10% of people were very poor, unable to afford nourishing food.
The latest figures show that 150,000 Welsh children still live below the bread-line, and for the last 10 years Wales has had higher rates of child poverty than the UK average.