breadline bread‧line [ˈbredlaɪn] noun
1. be on/​near the breadline to be extremely poor:

• They are not well-off, but they are not on the breadline.

2. be below the breadline to be below the level which is officially considered to be extremely poor:

• an estimate that over half the population was living below the breadline

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breadline UK US /ˈbredlaɪn/ noun [C] UK
the breadline — Cf. the breadline

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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