bread and water

bread and water

The bare essentials for sustenance. This meal is traditionally thought of as prison food. Bread and water sounds better than that terrible food in the cafeteria!
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bread and water

Fig. the most minimal meal possible; a meal as once was given to prisoners. (Usually used in reference to being in prison or jail.) Wilbur knew that if he got in trouble again it would be at least a year on bread and water. This dinner is terrible again. I would rather have bread and water! Why don't we ever have pizza?
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Every night, an unknown young boy brought prisoners an inexhaustible supply of bread and water.