Definition of breadbasket in US English:



  • 1A part of a region that produces cereals for the rest of it.

    ‘the province has functioned as the country's breadbasket’
    • ‘Central and Eastern Europe had traditionally been the continent's breadbasket; the region was endowed with rich agricultural land, providing an economic logic for why it should continue to produce and export agricultural goods.’
    • ‘Watch for bargain-priced tempranillo-based reds from this breadbasket region, as well as new blends under the Solaz label.’
    • ‘With a famine looming, food shortages in a country that was once considered a breadbasket for the region have been blamed on violence accompanying President Robert Mugabe's land program as well as erratic rains.’
    • ‘Known as the breadbasket of Scotland, on account of its fertile arable land, East Lothian is also yielding impressive profits for those lucky enough to own property there.’
    • ‘The war, which Russia had so far been inoculated from through Stalin's unholy but sham alliance with Hitler, was about to impact on the citizens of a land that was known as the breadbasket of the Soviet Union.’
    • ‘Its huge agricultural lands became a breadbasket for the USSR.’
    • ‘Sudan and Ethiopia were once considered the breadbaskets for the region and beyond, but have become basket cases.’
    • ‘This is more than can be said for Mozambique's other major neighbour, Zimbabwe, once the region's breadbasket, but now its basketcase.’
    • ‘Zimbabwe used to be the breadbasket of the region.’
    • ‘Stepped terraces are threaded by ingenious irrigation channels that, over the centuries, have transformed this mountain desert terrain into a breadbasket.’
    • ‘Zimbabwe, once a regional breadbasket, now suffers acute shortages of food, hard currency, petrol and other imports.’
    • ‘As long as the Confederacy held the breadbasket of the Shenandoah Valley, the cattle herds of Florida, and the cities of Atlanta and Richmond, they were in reasonable shape to hold out through election day.’
    • ‘The U.S. federal government offered 160 acres of land for homesteaders on the harsh fringe of the American breadbasket, where blizzards rule the winter and drought haunts the summer.’
    • ‘About 4 million people will need food aid before the next harvest in what was once a regional breadbasket, according to UN estimates.’
    • ‘Stretching from the Appalachian Mountains to the Mississippi River, the West contained more than half of the Confederacy's land and its breadbasket.’
    • ‘The major agricultural country, once admiringly dubbed the breadbasket of Europe, is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to failure to deliver on the food safety question.’
    • ‘Many of the displaced people came from the Gash Barka and Debub regions in the south - the breadbasket of Eritrea.’
    • ‘In this context it has already been established that Guyana can be the breadbasket for the whole region.’
    • ‘The UN World Food Programme says some 558000 people face famine in the south and west of Zimbabwe, which was once a regional breadbasket and is now a net food importer.’
    • ‘The southern region of the country was once the prosperous breadbasket for Senegal.’
  • 2informal A person's stomach, considered as the target for a blow.

    ‘there's one in the breadbasket for you’
    • ‘There were no punches landed to the breadbasket during this bout.’
    • ‘They would sometimes run from me, kick me in the breadbasket, or spray me with irritating chemicals, but in the end I almost always won them over.’
    • ‘I'd like to put a knee into him, right in the breadbasket.’
    • ‘This is a classic gnome placement that has a Midwestern sensibility as well as a minimalistic charm that hits you right in the breadbasket.’
    stomach, abdomen, paunch, middle, midriff, girth
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