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staple diet

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noun [singular] staple diet pronunciation in British English
  1. 1
    the main food or foods that a person or animal eats regularly

    the stoat's staple diet of rats and mice

    Italians eat a lot of pasta as part of their staple diet.

  2. 2
    the things that someone uses or receives most regularly

    the television viewer's staple diet of soaps and chat shows


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