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.
Recent Examples on the Web Still, Chubb is this team’s meal ticket on offense for the first three months of the season. Dan Labbe, cleveland, 8 Sep. 2022 More: Increase in food prices is highest since 1979 Tickets for the event cost $50 for adults and include a meal ticket, unlimited non-alcoholic beverages, and access to event activities, according to a news release. Navya Gupta, Detroit Free Press, 11 Aug. 2022 One America News Network just had its last major meal ticket ripped up. Rob Pegoraro, PCMAG, 22 July 2022 Defense has been the meal ticket this season for the Cyclones. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 21 Mar. 2022 While the 49ers might rely on Odum to play strong safety at times in 2022, his meal ticket is special teams. Vincent Frank, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2022 Ruggs helped Las Vegas win five of its first seven games, just one-half game away from the best record in the AFC – and the 6-2 Tennessee Titans lost meal ticket Derrick Henry to foot surgery this week. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 4 Nov. 2021 For this former Unitarian minister, the lectern became his secular pulpit and meal ticket. BostonGlobe.com, 4 Nov. 2021 The Mavs got surprisingly little from their meal ticket, Doncic, in the first half as he was hit with his third foul and a technical late in the second quarter after scoring just seven points. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, 30 Jan. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of meal ticket

circa 1899, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of meal ticket was circa 1899

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Last Updated

11 Sep 2022

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“Meal ticket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/meal%20ticket. Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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