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 ?
Now our troubles are over t Bless my meal ticket! Now we can start!"
But God help all of us and our meal tickets if the audiences could see behind the scenes.
Maybe she was joking about him being a meal ticket, or was being deliberately provocative because she picked up on the fact that none of you like her.
"You regarded Mr Richmond as a meal ticket," Mr Bosomworth put to her at Teesside Crown Court.
A free meal ticket whether in the guise of a wealthy bachelor or, if they live on a council estate, usually in the form of benefits from their social security office.
They don't want to lose their meal ticket in November.
Meal Ticket The Meal Ticket app lets you find local eateries and brings hundreds of restaurant coupons right to your fingertips.
....2 Terry Connor insists Wolves' battling spirit can be their meal ticket to avoiding the drop this season.
She was his meal ticket, and he knows it," said the source.
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.