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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BREADWINNER

Yes, my father was aging fast, I would soon be the only breadwinner here.

Where she is a breadwinner she wants equal pay for equal work.

She thought of Francois, who was the breadwinner, and of Felicite, who was blind.

But when was a mere man (and breadwinner) considered at such times?

The children were yet young, and depended on the breadwinner.

It was well on to ten years she had been their capital and the breadwinner of the house.

The average earnings of the breadwinner of the family were about $165 a year.

He was useful too—indeed he was almost the breadwinner of the little party.

In the city the breadwinner is a working man or an immigrant.

The orphan and her breadwinner are being led to the marriage canopy in the graveyard!

WORD ORIGIN

also bread-winner, "one who supplies a living for others, especially a family," 1821, from the noun bread (probably in a literal sense) + winner, from win (v.) in its sense of "struggle for, work at." Attested slightly earlier (1818) in sense "skill or art by which one makes a living." Not too far removed from the image at the root of lord (n.).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR BREADWINNER

employee

nounperson being paid for working for another or a corporation
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