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Bread And Butter

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on January 30, 2004

    A slightly superstitious phrase along the lines of “Step on a crack/break your mothers back”, in the sense that speaking it is triggered by an event. If two people are walking down a street, and a pole or other obstacle happen to come between them, this phrase is uttered, the idea being that the butter (the object) could not really separate the bread (the two people). Used in A Day at the Zoo (Avery, 1939) with the two big cats pacing in a cage separated by a tree, and at the start of Hare Trigger (Freleng, 1945) with the trains passing each other, telegraph poles in between.

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