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the staff of life

Some critical necessity or basic staple. Said especially of staple foods like bread or rice. We want our employees to know that respectful discussion and debate are the staff of life around here. The widespread infection of potatoes—the staff of life in Ireland at the time—caused a nationwide famine that killed over a million people.
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staff of life

A staple or necessary food, especially bread. For example, Rice is the staff of life for a majority of the earth's people. This expression, which uses staff in the sense of "a support," was first recorded in 1638.
See also: life, of, staff
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

the ˌstaff of ˈlife

(literary) a basic food, especially bread
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staff of life, the

Bread; sometimes, by extension, any essential food. Understandably this term originated in the Bible (“the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread,” Isaiah 3:1). However, it was not until the eighteenth century that the staff of life was definitively identified with bread (prior to that it had often been corn, the British term for wheat). “Bread, dear brothers, is the staff of life,” wrote Jonathan Swift (A Tale of a Tub, 1704), and so it has remained.
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But the staff of life for the Indian now, he said, is no longer the buffalo, it is education.
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Townspeople have been growing the cactus since before the Spanish conquest The plants are a staff of life rivaled only by corn.
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In addition to fiction he wrote essays and plays and published two volumes of memoirs, Livets ax (1991; "The Staff of Life" or "Gleanings from Life") and Agnar (1992; "Chaff").
Bread has been described as the 'staff of life' and is certainly a universal food.
Eggs signify creation, flour is said to be the staff of life, salt is for wholesomeness and milk symbolises purity.
And while some purists may turn their noses up at naan, chapatis, ciabatta and focaccia, I'm putting my dough on people realising there's more to the staff of life than sliced white.
The Zona family is forever grateful for the support, kindness and care provided to our mother by all the staff of Life Care Center of Auburn.
* Each of the pancake's ingredients has special Lenten symbolism: Flour is the staff of life; milk is innocence and purity; salt is incorruptibility; and eggs symbolise creation.
Among the more unusual names were the Diana in King Street (closed 1900), the Rose and Shamrock and the Neptune in Kirkgate (1905), the Druids at Salford, Lockwood (1910), the Dog at Moldgreen (1913), the Staff of Life at Bankfield (1914), the Paragon in Westgate (1923), the Turf Inn in Ramsden Street (1930), the Dock Tavern in Dock Street (1940), Poets Corner in Chapel Hill (1944), the Olive Branch in Lindley (1949) and the Lord Nelson in Leeds Road (1953).
As I tear into this economical, highly nutritious, easy-to-prepare staff of life, I always am reminded that Simple Bread is simply marvelous.
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And pies; they were the staff of life. My mum made brilliant pies.