One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An area in which abundant quantities of rice are grown.
- ‘For years, Burma was a prosperous nation known as the rice bowl of Asia.’
- ‘In the center lay the Cagayan Valley, Luzon's rice bowl and a key supply area for the Japanese units.’
- ‘‘A major reconstruction effort will be needed to get the area back to being the rice bowl of the state, and this has to start now,’ added Kapoor.’
- ‘Day five was a completely different kettle of fish, crossing the rice bowl of Thailand to get to Kabin Buri.’
- ‘West Java Governor Danny Setiawan said during a visit to Cirebon on Thursday that his administration would go ahead with the project because it was necessary for West Java to remain a rice bowl in Java.’
- ‘At the front line in the battle to contain the lake, large squads of farmers defied the sweltering heat of a summer's day in the Chinese rice bowl to toss sandbags, rocks and soil into the embryonic breaches.’
2in singular One's livelihood (used especially with reference to Asia)‘vested interests will fight to the death to protect their rice bowl’
- ‘The CLA and labor representatives have long believed that foreign labor competes for local labor's rice bowl and that reducing the number of foreign laborers will improve the unemployment situation.’
- ‘As soon as you start importing, you are goring somebody's ox, breaking somebody's rice bowl.’
- ‘My belief has been that the hammer is my rice bowl. " He turned to face the mountain slope and resumed his work.’
- ‘‘Give us back our rice bowls,’ read the Chinese characters on a poster carried by one of 1,500 workers who rallied in May in the largest demonstration in Macau since China's Tiananmen Square killings in 1989.’
- ‘This singular mentality reduces transformation efforts into rear-guard actions to defend rice bowls.’
- ‘‘Your rice bowl is in danger,’ the daily warned, referring to the jobs of officials who cannot perform their duties.’
- ‘To be blunt, I am sorry that the teachers' unions are more interested in protecting their iron rice bowls than in seeing how necessary these reforms are.’
- ‘China does not engage only in export without import, we have imported large numbers of Boeing airplanes and Ford motor vehicles, but we have never complained that they [US companies] have seized our rice bowls.’
- ‘I do not believe it is the function of any reviewer to break anyone's rice bowl.’
- ‘I can't blame Zebari for blowing Shrub little rhetorical kisses - he has his rice bowl to look after.’
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