adjective Date: circa 1837 1. a. being as basic as the earning of one's livelihood <
bread-and-butter issues
b. (1) reliable <
our bread-and-butter repertoire
(2) dependable as a source of income <
a company's bread-and-butter products
2. sent or given as thanks for hospitality <
a bread-and-butter letter

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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