Definition of rice bowl in English:

rice bowl


  • 1An area in which abundant quantities of rice are grown.

    • ‘Day five was a completely different kettle of fish, crossing the rice bowl of Thailand to get to Kabin Buri.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the center lay the Cagayan Valley, Luzon's rice bowl and a key supply area for the Japanese units.’
    • ‘For years, Burma was a prosperous nation known as the rice bowl of Asia.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2[in singular] One's livelihood (used especially with reference to Asia)

    ‘vested interests will fight to the death to protect their rice bowl’
    • ‘I can't blame Zebari for blowing Shrub little rhetorical kisses - he has his rice bowl to look after.’
    • ‘As soon as you start importing, you are goring somebody's ox, breaking somebody's rice bowl.’
    • ‘I do not believe it is the function of any reviewer to break anyone'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.’
    • ‘‘Your rice bowl is in danger,’ the daily warned, referring to the jobs of officials who cannot perform their duties.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This singular mentality reduces transformation efforts into rear-guard actions to defend rice bowls.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’