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.
After being congratulated by his teammates, Khan offered the meal ticket to Stanley Johnson, father of Boris, who said he "shall do my best to deserve the honour".
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Holed up at The Cricketers' Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel.
NOMINAL VALUE OF A MEAL TICKET, 2001 - 2005 (table)
I worry she sees him as a meal ticket and has no interest in looking after him.
Migrationwatch chairman Sir Andrew Green said: "Clearly the British public can see that to reward people with a meal ticket for life for breaking our laws is an absurd proposition.
We need more transparency and co-operation from the insurance sector that they have the situation in hand to cover all areas and not just their favoured meal ticket area.
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Sainsbury's is launching an innovative new Meal Ticket scheme designed to assure worried parents their kids are feeding themselves properly at university.