eat the bread of idleness

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
References in classic literature ?
Besides, that would be all recreation and indulgence, without the wholesome alloy of labour, and I do not like to eat the bread of idleness. No, my plan is to make Fanny Price in love with me."
"I DO NOT LIKE TO EAT THE BREAD OF IDLENESS'" (229).