Bread and circuses means: The expression means that you get so busy with food and entertainment that you lose sight of the problems in the world. This expression was first used in antiquity, when the government gave out bread and entertainment to distract people so they wouldn’t revolt against it on political matters. (in Community Dictionary, added by Romualdo Moya)

What else does Bread and circuses mean?

  • Benefits and entertainments are offered to dissatisfy or divert attention from an issue or policy. (in AZ Dictionary)