Definition of rice bowl in US English:

rice bowl


  • 1A dish out of which rice is eaten.

    • ‘He broke a little off and placed it in the rice bowl with some sauce.’
    • ‘Hey, the rice bowl in your hand was bought for HK $10?’
    • ‘Born in China and raised by his widowed mother in the U.S., Ken grew up in a melting pot of American culture, but ate from a traditional Chinese rice bowl.’
    • ‘China has dismantled the famous iron rice bowl, but what if anything is replacing it?’
    • ‘If biryani is not eaten, a complete multicourse meal is served: foods are brought out sequentially and added to one's rice bowl after the previous course is finished.’
    • ‘The surreal corpulence of the boy is a distraction, and when we watch him steal the only pieces of meat from his uncomprehending blind stepsister's rice bowl we are reminded not of Chaplin but of Fellini.’
    • ‘Ladle into warmed Chinese rice bowls and serve immediately.’
    • ‘My tofu & mushroom rice bowl had a great big gristle-y chunk of beef in the middle.’
    • ‘Then, a young contortionist comes on stage, as well as two rice bowl balancing acrobats.’
    • ‘There was no sign of a knob or ring anywhere, yet a strange, semi-circle hole was shaped in it, about the size of a rice bowl.’
    • ‘The most significant of all his finds were fragments of a white rice bowl bearing the emblem of the Japanese military star.’
    • ‘Tenchiki filled his uncle's rice bowl and passed it back to him.’
    • ‘She polished off another rice bowl then turned her attention to a few strips of yakitori.’
    • ‘If you really want to impress the waiters in a Chinese restaurant eat rice from a bowl the way the Chinese do: raise the rice bowl with one hand and perch the edge of the bowl on your lower lip.’
    • ‘Florence Lin mentions both these and also provides an illuminating tip for anyone who has to take in a bowl of hot congee at high speed: First you fill the rice bowl to the brim with congee.’
    • ‘On Sunday at noon, when the victim, surnamed Xia, was trimming his toenails on the bed, Li began to quarrel with him because Li's rice bowl was near the bed.’
    • ‘Although not designed for breakfast, the Nova dinnerware collection includes an elegant, white ceramic rice bowl with a pleasing rectangular shape.’
    • ‘Now that this so-called iron rice bowl has been shattered, they find they must seek support in other places.’
    • ‘But you're here for Christmas shopping so just pick up a few fine china rice bowls and serving dishes.’
    • ‘Before leaving New Zealand, we were told to look out for a sign of good restaurants in Thailand - the familiar Shell symbol with the outline of a green rice bowl.’
  • 2An area in which abundant quantities of rice are grown.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Day five was a completely different kettle of fish, crossing the rice bowl of Thailand to get to Kabin Buri.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 3in singular One's livelihood (used especially in reference to Asia)

    ‘entrenched vested interests will fight to the death to protect their rice bowl’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This singular mentality reduces transformation efforts into rear-guard actions to defend 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.’
    • ‘‘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.’


rice bowl

/ˈrīs bōl/