Quarrel with bread and butter - Bread and butter, here, indicate the means of one’s living. (That is why we say ‘he is the bread winner of the family’). If a sub-ordinate in an organisation is quarrelsome or if he is not patient enough to bear the reprimand he deserves, gets angry and retorts or provokes the higher-up, the top man dismisses him from the job. So, he loses the job that gave him bread and butter. Hence we say, he quarrelled with bread and butter (manager or the top man) and lost his job.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. quarel, OF. quarrel, F. carreau, LL. quadrellus, from L. quadrus, square. See Quadrate, and cf. Quadrel Quarry an arrow, Carrel
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. querele—L. querela—queri, questus, to complain.
When Paul was about twenty years of age a quarrel sprang up between him and young Ned Wilson.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
Ralph at this time had been just old enough to be brought into the quarrel.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
The quarrelling had been going on unabated, but that had caused little surprise.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
It is early days, and we have begun to quarrel.
"When the Birds Begin to Sing" by Winifred Graham
When she returned from fishing, the skunks were still there, and the quarrel had recommenced.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
Just at the moment when he thought the quarrel ended it had burst out again in a deadlier form.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
He had no heart for the quarrel, and did not care greatly to exert himself.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 1 of 8" by Various
In that matter of his quarrel with his landlord he was very bitter.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
The Queen used to ask me about the English noble who was always quarrelling with the cabmen about their fares.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
He was always ready to quarrel, but he did not like to fight unless he had a sure thing.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
Was it your fault, or mine.
The sudden quarrel.
That ends beneath the vine.
Red in red sorrel?
"The Brothers" by Ethel Clifford
"Ha! say you so, bully?" young Cupid replied;
And Valour soon felt a sad stitch in his side;
In his left side it was, and his heart felt so sore,
That he laid down his arms, and could quarrel no more.
"Songs" by Peter John Allan
They quarrell thee, and would give over
The bargain made to serve thee: but thy love
Holds them unto it, and doth cover
Their follies with the wing of thy milde Dove,
Not suff'ring those
Who would, to be thy foes.
"Miserie" by George Herbert
And lo, those exiles in the snowy tabernacle,
in the absence of the Shaman, had begun to quarrel among themselves,
and had divided into three groups ;
but each of these groups thought of the deliverance of the fatherland.
"Anhelli - Chapter 10" by Juliusz Slowacki
And when she dies I wish that she would be laid by me,
And, lyin' together in silence, perhaps we will agree;
And, if ever we meet in heaven, I wouldn't think it queer
If we loved each other the better because we quarreled here.
"Betsey And I Are Out" by William McKendree Carleton
"Thou art my king; my son is thine. It is not mine to say
That I will bear him hence.--Yet gropes my soul unto a light;
The quarrel is 'twixt Heaven and thee alone--so I will stay
With him I love within the tower throughout this fateful night."
"In Egypt" by Virna Sheard
Robert Frost Recites "Lover's Quarrel with the World".
In First Debate, Candidates Quarrel On Iraq, Express Optimism for Bailout.
Quarrel Erupts Between Bear's Elder Statesmen.
Quarrel Dogs Open Database Effort.
A quarrel over McMahon's job plan sources.
5, 1882: A 'family quarrel ' in Blaine.
Quarreling About Quotas The Left's attack on Roberts's civil-rights record.
There's nothing I like better than a quarrel over books, especially a book as important as Umberto Eco's novel The Prague Cemetery.
Silent Treatment In this first novel, set in an abbey, monks manage to quarrel without saying anything.
At Morristown High School, a MySpace quarrel became a real world fight.
For Sontag , a lover's quarrel with the image.
Lover's quarrel for Halle Berry.
Some quarrels are best left to run their course and this, it seems, is one of them.
Our quarrel was a way of learnin' so much.
In Belgium , an Old Quarrel Gets a New Slant.
Monochromatic luminosity has no arbitrariness. I have no quarrel with Claudius Ptolemaios for his assigning magnitudes between 1 and 7 to the stars that are visible to the naked eye, but I somehow think that he will forgive us if we switch to a more convenient notation.
When teaching: Out with magnitudes, in with monochromatic luminosities!
But they ﬁnd similarly large offsets for the pair of systems 26-27, and we ﬁnd no quarrel with this pair.
The Highest Resolution Mass Map of Galaxy Cluster Substructure To Date Without Assuming Light Traces Mass: LensPerfect Analysis of Abell 1689
But I need not quote it any further, because I don’t have any quarrel with Galileo.
Defending The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning
We have no quarrel with his analysis of this latter process, but question the validity of drawing general conclusions from that very simple special case.
Can one learn anything from proton-proton bremsstrahlung? Comment on H. W. Fearing preprint nucl-th/9710061
They mainly focus on the easily-misunderstood concept, heat, in theromdynamics, which has been widely discussed and quarreled about in literature.
Measuring the Entropy and Testing the Second Law of Thermodynamics