cake n Esp in phr cake of bread: hard, rounded, dry ship's biscuit;
BREAD, HARD TACK.
 1792 CARTWRIGHT i, 212 I put the dogs to
an allowance of one cake of bread each. 1937 DEVINE 65 If you're only going to the well
for a turn of water 'twill do no harm to take a cake of bread in your pocket. 1955 DOYLE
(ed) 30 "I'se the B'y": Sods and rinds to cover yet flake, / Cake and tea for supper, /
Codfish in the spring o' the year / Fried in maggoty butter. T 34-64 I was always
homedon't know what [it was] to go in service or to work for a cake of bread.