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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.
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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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on the breadline

Extremely 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 in the United States, particularly in the 19th and early 20th centuries. If I don't make a big sale this week, my family will be on the breadline in no time. My grandmother was on the breadline throughout her childhood, so she doesn't have much patience for kids complaining about what latest gadget their missing out on.
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on the breadline

People who are living on the breadline are extremely poor. Too many men have children and then forget about them — leaving the children and the mothers living on the breadline. They should be stripped of everything they own but the bare essentials. Let them feel what it is like to be on the breadline. Note: You can use the breadline to mean a level of income where it is just possible to live. Obviously I'd want to earn enough to keep me above the breadline. Families scraping a living on low incomes and benefits are already living below the breadline. Note: In times of hardship, particularly in the 19th century in the United States, poor people used to line up outside bakeries or soup kitchens for free or very cheap bread.
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on the ˈbreadline

very poor: Most of the unemployed in this area are on the breadline.In North America, a breadline was a queue of poor people waiting to receive free food from the government.
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below the breadline

Extremely poor.
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on the breadline

Dependent on public donations of food.
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The average worker would be just 32 days from the breadline if their income stopped, while employees in Yorkshire would be 34 days away and those in the north east 33 days away.
Mark Holweger, managing director at Legal & General, said: "While it's heartening to see an improvement in the financial situation of North East households, this fourth edition of our Deadline to the Breadline report exposes the harsh reality that many households in this region are on the brink and just weeks away from becoming reliant upon family, friends or the state.
Dr Andrew Bradstock, secretary for church and society at the United Reformed Church, said: "Breadline Question Time will offer the opportunity to raise awareness about food poverty and explore what is actually happening in our communities." The debate will pose key questions asking whether food banks are a permanent answer for food poverty and whether the Government can be doing more to address the factors such as housing benefit cuts and council tax rises which are allegedly causing this food poverty crisis in Wales.
Households in the West Midlands are the most vulnerable, with a 'deadline to breadline' of only seven days.
The latest is the ITV1 series 7 Days On The Breadline, in which Keith Allen, Mel B, Austin Healey and Trinny Woodall get to live with ordinary folk.
7 Days On Dizzee the Rascal: Breadline Video Exclusive (9pm) Three-part series in which four celebrities live for a week on a council estate.
The 33-year-old singer is now living in a house with a broken window, a dilapidated front door and a junkyard like garden for the new ITV1 show 7 Days On The Breadline, reports the Sun.
In 1991, I was a down-and-outer in a moody Depression breadline. Both were firsthand experiences of George's literal shaping of bodies: Much more so than other artists characterized under the rubric of Pop, George was always deeply interested in human physicality (as evidenced in the current traveling survey of his work).
THE BEDRAGGLED MEN IN A SHUFFLING BREADLINE are frozen forever in bronze at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington.
There are now a total of 14.3 million people below the breadline, 67% in working homes.
As Channel 5 prepares to screen Breadline Brummies tonight as part of its On Benefits season, Dee said: "Sometimes I think: 'Oh my God, here we go again'.
MYLEENE KLASS: SINGLE MUMS ON BENEFITS ITV, 9.00pm The musician investigates the truth about single mothers who receive benefits and asks whether it really is an easy life, or more a case of a living on the breadline. Single parent Myleene Klass talks to self-proclaimed "Welfare Queen" Marie Buchanan, an unemployed single mother of eight children who caused outrage when she publicly declared her PS26,000 benefits weren't enough.
With over-65s included, the overall average "deadline to the breadline" is still only 26 days.