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Buttering their bread

Posted by Smokey Stover on March 24, 2006

In Reply to: Buttering their bread posted by R. Berg on March 24, 2006

: : what is the meaning of 'they are buttering their bread', or 'buttering your bread'. I am assuming that it means that 'they' are taking advantage.

: It's hard to say without more context. Possibly it means about the same thing as "They are lining their pockets." They're acting so as to get something extra for themselves. If they're buttering YOUR bread, they're doing you a favor.

Bergie is entirely right--we need some context. Buttering your bread can be something done at someone else's expense, but it can also mean something less negative. Give us a couple of sentences, please, so we won't possibly mislead you. SS