Definition of rice bowl in English:

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rice bowl

Pronunciation: /ˈrīs bōl/


1A dish out of which rice is eaten.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • My tofu & mushroom rice bowl had a great big gristle-y chunk of beef in the middle.
  • Tenchiki filled his uncle's rice bowl and passed it back to him.
2An area in which abundant quantities of rice are grown.
Example sentences
  • ‘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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
3 [in singular] One’s livelihood (used especially in reference to Asia): entrenched vested interests will fight to the death to protect their rice bowl
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • I do not believe it is the function of any reviewer to break anyone's rice bowl.
  • As soon as you start importing, you are goring somebody's ox, breaking somebody's rice bowl.
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