meal ticket


: one that serves as the ultimate source of one's income
an advanced degree was his meal ticket

Examples of meal ticket in a Sentence

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.
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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1899, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of meal ticket was circa 1899

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“Meal ticket.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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