staff of life
Date: 1638 a staple of diet; especially bread

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • staff of life — staff′ of life′ n. bread, considered as the mainstay of the human diet • Etymology: 1630–40 …   From formal English to slang

  • staff of life — n. bread, regarded as the basic food …   English World dictionary

  • staff of life — noun food made from dough of flour or meal and usually raised with yeast or baking powder and then baked • Syn: ↑bread, ↑breadstuff • Derivationally related forms: ↑bread (for: ↑bread) • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • staff of life — bread, considered as the mainstay of the human diet. [1630 40] * * * …   Universalium

  • staff of life — Synonyms and related words: French bread, Irish soda bread, Italian bread, black bread, bread, bread stick, bread stuff, brown bread, cracked wheat bread, crust, dark bread, garlic bread, graham bread, loaf of bread, matzo, matzoth, nut bread,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • staff of life — noun Bread, or some other staple foodstuff …   Wiktionary

  • The staff of life — Staff Staff (st[.a]f), n.; pl. {Staves} (st[=a]vz or st[aum]vz; 277) or {Staffs} (st[.a]fs) in senses 1 9, {Staffs} in senses 10, 11. [AS. st[ae]f a staff; akin to LG. & D. staf, OFries. stef, G. stab, Icel. stafr, Sw. staf, Dan. stav, Goth.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • the staff of life — ► the staff of life a staple food or usual sustenance. Main Entry: ↑staff …   English terms dictionary

  • (the) staff of life — literary a food such as bread that is eaten in large amounts by a lot of people. Bread is the staff of life, which is why we only use the finest organic flour to make ours …   New idioms dictionary

  • (the) staff of life — the ˌstaff of ˈlife idiom (literary) a basic food, especially bread Main entry: ↑staffidiom …   Useful english dictionary

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