meal ticket


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meal ticket

n.
1. A card or ticket entitling the holder to a meal or meals.
2. Informal A person or thing depended on as a source of financial support.

meal ticket

n
slang a person, situation, etc, providing a source of livelihood or income
[from original US sense of ticket entitling holder to a meal]

meal′ tick`et


n.
1. a ticket that entitles the bearer to meals.
2. someone or something necessary for one's livelihood.
[1865–70]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.meal ticket - a source of income or livelihoodmeal ticket - a source of income or livelihood  
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
bread and butter, keep, livelihood, sustenance, living, support - the financial means whereby one lives; "each child was expected to pay for their keep"; "he applied to the state for support"; "he could no longer earn his own livelihood"
2.meal ticket - coupon redeemable at a restaurant and entitling the holder to a mealmeal ticket - coupon redeemable at a restaurant and entitling the holder to a meal
coupon, voucher - a negotiable certificate that can be detached and redeemed as needed
Translations

meal ticket

n (Am) → buono m pasto inv (fig) (fam) (job) → che dà di che vivere
a meal ticket for life (fig) → la pagnotta assicurata a vita
References in classic literature ?
But God help all of us and our meal tickets if the audiences could see behind the scenes.
Why is it that men - especially the rich ones - keep falling for these bleached blonde wannabes who see a rock star husband as a meal ticket for life?
The Meal Ticket has two parts - one for parents to top up the cash - from pounds 1 to pounds 750 - while the other half is for the student to use.
When their meal ticket is finally driven into the sea, we feel merely ambivalent.
But the Great Unwashed were last night confirmed as the biggest meal ticket in cricket after tipping pounds 118million into the Australian economy during the Ashes tour.
Some of the best-known bands in the Southern California ska world are No Doubt, Goldfinger, the Skeletones, Yeska, Meal Ticket, Let's Go Bowling, the Hippos and the Toasters.
She was bringing up two kids on social security when we met and obviously I was just a meal ticket.
Rez's entourage wants Laney to keep tabs on their now-erratic meal ticket.
After all he may be a bastard, but that bastard is their meal ticket.
The one thing Man Ray refused to do during his California sojourn was chase the fast buck of commercial photography, which had provided a meal ticket earlier in his career.
It obviously means the opportunity to enable the rich to get richer, create the greatest number of fat cats ever known, MPs to enjoy record-breaking incomes and expenses, the best meal ticket ever, after all the majority are Labour MPs who have surfaced from previous obscurity.
Talking about Mrs Love's former husband, who hadsuffered a stroke, she said: "Her underhand way to get a meal ticket, by lying on herback and whispering sweet words.