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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.
slang a person, situation, etc, providing a source of livelihood or income
[from original US sense of ticket entitling holder to a meal]
1. a ticket that entitles the bearer to meals.
2. someone or something necessary for one's livelihood.
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|Noun||1.||meal ticket - a source of income or livelihood |
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
|2.||meal ticket - coupon redeemable at a restaurant and entitling the holder to a meal|