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bread-and-butter

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishbread-and-butterˌbread-and-ˈbutter adjective [only before noun]  1 British EnglishBASIC bread-and-butter questions are very important basic ones bread-and-butter political issues such as jobs and housing2 bread-and-butter work is work that is not very exciting but provides you with most of the money that you need in order to live
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bread-and-butterIn the late nineties when workers showed excessive interest in bread-and-butter issues, the revolutionaries denounced their petty-bourgeois, trade-unionist mentality.
From Longman Business Dictionarybread and butterˌbread and ˈbutter noun [singular] if something is your bread and butter, it is the thing that gives you your main incomeThe paper’s bread and butter is reporting local events in a small community.
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