break bread

break bread (with sb) (have a meal, eat together with sb) — преломить хлеб с кем-л., разделить трапезу с кем-л. (этим. библ. Acts XX, 7); принимать пищу, есть за общим столом, вместе

Example 1: Although most families break bread together regularly, there are still a large number who cannot find the time for family meals. One in four parents (24%) and 17% of teens report eating no more than four meals a week together as a family. (Talking With Teens: The YMCA Parent and Teen Survey Final Report )

Example 2: It's hard to remain enemies when you've broken bread together. (


According to Acts 20:7, “On the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight.”
Admittedly, to “break bread” in Bible times often referred to the eating of common meals. In ancient times, to “break bread” was a figure of speech known as synecdoche where a part (to break bread) was put for the whole (to eat a common meal, regardless of the kind of food and drink consumed).