Definition of know which side one's bread is buttered (on) in English:

know which side one's bread is buttered (on)

phrase

informal
  • Know where one's advantage lies.

    ‘middle-class people who know which side their bread is buttered’
    • ‘They know which side their bread is buttered on and vote accordingly.’
    • ‘Gotta let 'em know which side their bread is buttered on.’
    • ‘Sylvester Stallone, knowing which side his bread is buttered, isn't just stopping at resurrecting Rocky in the movies.’
    • ‘Holland is a sober-suited confidant who knows which side his bread is buttered on.’
    • ‘They know which side their bread is buttered on and until that changes, they won't budge.’
    • ‘Yep, I'm a lucky man, and I know which side my bread is buttered.’
    • ‘Robin Richards on the other hand knows which side his bread is buttered and gave much cause for indigestion with his saccharine acceptance of the job.’
    • ‘There are various ways of sidestepping such rules, but one of the best ones is only to brief an expert with a well-developed reputation of knowing which side his bread is buttered on.’
    • ‘After all, the quiet genius with a wicked wit knows which side his bread is buttered on.’