Green’s Dictionary of Slang

bread n.1

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].

In derivatives

In compounds

breadhead (n.) [-head sfx (3); coined by anti-materialist hippies in the 1960s]

[1960s+] an individual who is interested primarily in acquiring money.

bread stasher (n.) [stash v.1 (2)]

[1940s–60s] (orig. US black) a working man.

In phrases

break some bread (v.)

[2000s] (US Und.) of a prostitute, to make some money.

red bread (n.)

[1960s] (drugs) money obtained by blood donation.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

bread and bread (n.)

[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.

bread and butter

see separate entries.

bread and cheese (adj.)

see separate entry.

bread and pullet (n.) [SE bread + pun on SE pull it]

[late 19C–1910s] bread with no butter, jam or other additive.

bread and scrape (n.) (also bread and spit)

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.

bread and skip (n.) [e.g. ‘bread and molasses, and skip the molasses’]

[20C+] (US) an inadequate meal.

bread and with it (n.)

[mid-19C] a light meal, e.g. a loaf of bread and (something else) with it.

bread-bag (n.)

[mid-19C] the stomach.

breadbasket (n.) (also bread panier) [boxing jargon]

[mid-18C+] (orig. boxing) the stomach; thus breadbasketer, a blow to the stomach.

bread box (n.)

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.

bread-cutter (n.) (also bread-cracker, -grinder)

[1960s–70s] (US) a tooth.

breadearner (n.)

[early 19C] (Irish) a knife, as used by a shoeblack.

breadfruit (n.) [a double eggplant n.1 ]

[1940s] (US black) a ten-dollar bill.

breadfruit swapper/swopper (n.) [such a person is forced to barter rather than pay for goods]

[20C+] (W.I., Bdos) a very poor person.

bread hooks (n.)

1. [mid-19C+] (US) the hands.

2. [1960s] a fingernail.

bread room (n.)

[mid-18C–mid 19C] the stomach.

breadsnapper (n.) (also breadsnatcher) [lit. ‘a child who can eat their weight in groceries’]

[late 19C+] (Scot., Glasgow/Irish/US) a child.

breadsnatchers (n.)

[1960s] (US) the hands.

bread trap (n.) [SE trap/trap n.1 (5)]

[late 19C–1920s] (US) the mouth.

breadwinner (n.)

1. [mid-19C] (UK Und.) a knife.

2. [late 19C] the vagina [viewed as a commercial commodity].

In phrases

in bad bread

[late 18C–mid–19C] in trouble, in a difficult situation.