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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.
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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]
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meal′ tick`et


n.
1. a ticket that entitles the bearer to meals.
2. someone or something necessary for one's livelihood.
[1865–70]
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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
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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
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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But God help all of us and our meal tickets if the audiences could see behind the scenes.
Now our troubles are over t Bless my meal ticket! Now we can start!"
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