Bread and Butter

Monday, February 11, 2013

Expressions connected to food can create the perfect way to convey your meaning which is why idioms are so fun to use. In addition to cake and pie, there is bread and butter.

Bread and butter is your main source of income, a job or activity that provides you with the money you need to live.
Example: In the USA, waiters receive a small hourly wage so tips are their bread and butter.

To know which side one's bread is buttered is to know what is good or advantageous for you, to be loyal to the person or thing that will benefit you the most. This expression alludes to the more favorable, or buttered, side of bread.

Example: Melany will often work late to help her boss because she knows which side her bread is buttered.

I like bread and butter idioms. I also like eating bread and butter ;)

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