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Noun1.ticket-of-leave - a permit formerly given to convicts allowing them to leave prison under specific restrictions
laissez passer, pass - a document indicating permission to do something without restrictions; "the media representatives had special passes"
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While these speculations were in progress, my behavior in my wife's service was so exemplary, and she gave me so excellent a character when the usual official inquiries were instituted, that I soon got the next privilege accorded to persons in my situation--a ticket-of-leave.
And Michaelis, the ticket-of-leave apostle - you don't mean to say you don't know where he is?
It sounds to you like saying the Archbishop of Canterbury's daughter will be married in St George's, Hanover Square, to a crossing-sweeper on ticket-of-leave.