[Idiom] make one's own bread

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Viktor Sorokin

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used in singling out someone or something and ascribing a distinctive feature to them
I have always envied those people who make their own bread
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Is "make one's own bread" an idiom? Something like "to become a business owner" ? I didn't meet it in dictionaries.

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I think "bread" in this case is "money". This definition is found in Oxford Dictionary but it is noted as "old-fashioned, slang"
 

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used in singling out someone or something and ascribing a distinctive feature to them
I have always envied those people who make their own bread
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What has 'that' got to do with it, Viktor? The word 'that' doesn't occur in your sentence. What word is being defined?

Many people prefer to bake their own bread rather than buy it from shops or supermarkets.

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I agree with Rover that, without any further context, the statement should be taken literally. People who make their own bread are people who make loaves of bread in their own homes from scratch using the basic ingredients, instead of buying bread from a shop. The writer envies those people. Perhaps the writer has always wanted to make his/her own bread but doesn't have the time or the patience, or perhaps they have tried and the results weren't good.
 

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Tanks all.

What has 'that' got to do with it, Viktor? The word 'that' doesn't occur in your sentence. What word is being defined
The word "that" is being defined. It occurs as the plural ("those") in the sentence. Anyway, I quoted the definition as it is in the dictionary:)
 
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