meal ticket noun
: a person or thing that is depended on as a source of money, success, etc.
: a piece of paper that you can exchange for a meal
: one that serves as the ultimate source of one's income <an advanced degree was his meal ticket>
Examples of MEAL TICKET
- a star player who is expected to be the team's meal ticket for many years
- An advanced degree was his meal ticket.
- We bought three meal tickets at the fair.
First Known Use of MEAL TICKET
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