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 Salt.Salt-cellar (A). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Salt Bread or Bitter Bread.
The bread of affliction or humiliation. Bread too salt is both disagreeable to the taste and indigestible.   1
        “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.

 Salt.Salt-cellar (A). 

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