meal ticket

noun

Definition of 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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Teri Terrific, as she was known among friends, was much maligned in the film industry as a harpy who exploited Ms. Shields and turned her into an unprotesting meal ticket. Ruth La Ferla, New York Times, "Nothing Comes Between Brooke Shields and Her New Line for QVC," 14 Mar. 2018 Archie shows up just then to claim his sister—otherwise known as his meal ticket. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Outlander Season 3 Finale: Claire and Jamie Head Straight for "The Eye of the Storm"," 11 Dec. 2017 But the main reason Bannon won’t cross Trump is not terribly complicated: there’s nothing in it for Bannon to rage against Trump, his meal ticket and most meaningful conduit to power. Peter Hamby, The Hive, "Steve Bannon’s Culture War Just Got a Lot More Complicated," 4 Dec. 2017 Is that inherited from this notion that a male’s attention was your meal ticket and your survival? Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "Netflix's 'Alias Grace' Takes Place Nearly 200 Years Ago, But It Couldn't Be More Timely," 3 Nov. 2017 And with Darren Sproles, the best blocker among the backs, out for the season, the Eagles – and their meal ticket, Carson Wentz, in particular – were vulnerable whenever an opponent blitzed, as Sunday’s victory over the 49ers only reaffirmed. Mike Sielski, Philly.com, "Jay Ajayi trade shows Eagles are going for it now, creating challenges for future | Mike Sielski," 31 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of meal ticket

circa 1899, in the meaning defined above

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meal ticket

noun

English Language Learners Definition of meal ticket

: 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

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