Salt Bread

or Bitter Bread. The bread of affiction or humiliation. Bread too salt is both disagreeable to the taste and indigestible.

“Learning how hard it is to get back when once exiled, and how salt is the bread of others.” —Mrs. Oliphant: Makers of Florence, p. 85.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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