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loaf

1. slang One's head The term comes from rhyming slang in which "loaf" is short for "loaf of bread," which rhymes with "head." Primarily heard in UK. She hit him on the loaf with her brolly and stormed off in a huff.
2. slang By extension, one's intelligence, common sense, and intellectual ability. Usually used in the phrase "use one's loaf." Primarily heard in UK. Come on, Dean, I know you can figure this out on your own. Use your loaf! Jenny finally remembered to bring the right books home to do her homework. I'm glad she's finally using her loaf.

loaves and fishes

Tangible benefits or rewards, especially when they serve as one's motivation for action. The phrase refers to the Bible story in which Jesus blesses a small amount of fish and loaves of bread, resulting in the disciples having enough food to distribute to thousands of people. Paul hasn't helped us with this project at all, but you know he'll be there for the loaves and fishes if we win the contest!
See also: and, Fishes, loaves

use (one's) loaf

slang To think logically, rationally, or with common sense; to use one's head. The phrase comes from rhyming slang in which "loaf" is short for "loaf of bread," which rhymes with "head." Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Come on, Dean, I know you can figure this out on your own. Use your loaf! Jenny finally remembered to bring the right books home to do her homework. I'm glad she's finally using her loaf.
See also: loaf, use

loaves and fishes

personal profit as a motive for religious profession or public service.
This idiom developed from a biblical passage in John 6:26: ‘Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled’.
See also: and, Fishes, loaves
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