the staff of life

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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.
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the ˌstaff of ˈlife

(literary) a basic food, especially bread
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But the staff of life for the Indian now, he said, is no longer the buffalo, it is education.
Maybe the idea that bread is the staff of life has something to do with it," McReynolds ventures, with a bemused shake of his head.
Eager to combine her skills in photography with a growing social conscience, her partnership with Luce in 1936 provided just the outlet, and Bourke-White became one of four photographers on the staff of Life.
At the Riddings, near Atherstone, bread is the staff of life for Sutton Coldfield's Mick Phillips whose bread-only bait has brought him a string of recent successes at the north Warwickshire venue.
Water--not bread--should be The Staff of Life, and the citizens of Plaistow might strongly agree.
This sort of stuff is the staff of life to newsletter editors.
While bread has been the staff of life for cultures in which the Judeo-Christian message began and developed, to Asians the bread of life is a foreign concept.
Wheat today is synonymous with bread, but before it became the stuff of the staff of life, people grew an ancient form known as einkorn.
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.