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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.
Contract notice: Support service delivery to the restoration in the form of meal tickets for volunteers, referees and officials during the 2015 masters nice european games.
Lobbyists would still have the ability to split meal tickets multiple ways to spend more on a lawmaker without triggering the reporting requirement.
Seems fairly obvious that this grasp for publicity is the first step in a new enterprise - Meal Tickets Ltd.
Somehow we don't hear much untoward about the politicians with their gravytrain meal tickets.
Romania's Ministry of Labor, Social Solidarity and Family has released its semi-annual report on nominal value of meal tickets for the first semester of 2010, starting with March.
Dominos Pizza shop sent out hundreds of free meal tickets as a gesture of goodwill during the recession.
Card holders are being given the chance to win 10 pairs of gourmet meal tickets for The London Carriage Works.
It's a stark contrast to the days when Skinner was expelled for selling used meal tickets to fellow pupils.
Visitors and family also appreciate how the cabinet meets their needs--complimentary meal tickets, the availability of freshly brewed coffee, and for those needing spiritual sustenance, the Bible.
The system sees pupils exchange cash for meal tickets.
SO Catford is the latest track to stick the boot into the heart and soul of the industry (owners, trainers and kennelhands) with the abolition of meal tickets.