1. [late 18C–19C] employment, a means of earning money; thus out of bread, unemployed [Yid. broyt, money, but note Partridge’s suggestion rhy. sl. bread and honey n.].
2. [1930s+] (also breads) money [something one might eat but also basic to life, as is bread].
[1940s–60s] (US) a bank.
[1960s+] an individual who is interested primarily in acquiring money.
[1940s–60s] (orig. US black) a working man.
[2000s] (US Und.) of a prostitute, to make some money.
[1960s] (drugs) money obtained by blood donation.
SE in slang uses
[1960s+] a homosexual couple; thus bread and bread don’t make a sandwich, the response given by one effeminate gay man when partnered with another.
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see bread and butter n.1
[late 19C–1910s] bread with no butter, jam or other additive.
1. [mid-19C+] a piece of bread barely covered in a thin layer or scrape of butter or meat dripping.
2. [1930s] used fig. to implied a limited or second-rate portion.
[20C+] (US) an inadequate meal.
[mid-19C] a light meal, e.g. a loaf of bread and (something else) with it.
[mid-19C] the stomach.
[mid-18C+] (orig. boxing) the stomach; thus breadbasketer, a blow to the stomach.
1. [1910s–30s] (US) the stomach.
2. [1910s] in fig. use.
3. [1940s] (US Und.) a safe that can be opened easily.
4. [1960s] the vagina.
5. [2000s] (US) a small car.
[1960s–70s] (US) a tooth.
[early 19C] (Irish) a knife, as used by a shoeblack.
[1940s] (US black) a ten-dollar bill.
[20C+] (W.I., Bdos) a very poor person.
1. [mid-19C+] (US) the hands.
2. [1960s] a fingernail.
[mid-18C–mid 19C] the stomach.
[late 19C+] (Scot., Glasgow/Irish/US) a child.
[1960s] (US) the hands.
[late 19C–1920s] (US) the mouth.
1. [mid-19C] (UK Und.) a knife.
2. [late 19C] the vagina [viewed as a commercial commodity].
[late 18C–mid–19C] in trouble, in a difficult situation.