bread line EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN noun a group of needy persons waiting in line for free food to be distributed by a government agency or charitable organization.
Origin of bread line First recorded in 1825–35 Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for bread line Historical Examples of bread line
People will continue to starve so long as they are content with a circus and a bread-line.
In her eyes was the look of hunger, like that of the starving woman in the bread-line.
Clarence Budington Kelland
We would stand in the bread-line just like the rest of them and get our roll and coffee.
He came to know what it meant to stand in the bread-line, to go the rounds of the homeless “one-night stands.”
W. B. M. Ferguson