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An·nie Oak·ley(ăn′ē ōk′lē)
A free ticket or pass.
[After Annie Oakley (from the association of the punched ticket with one of her bullet-riddled targets).]
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An′nie Oak′ley(ˈæn i ˈoʊk li)
a free ticket, as to a theater; pass.
[1920–25, Amer.; allegedly because such tickets, punched to prevent resale, resembled the playing cards used as targets by Annie Oakley]
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