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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Recent Examples on the Web Robert Wagner's the guy who pays him … that's his meal ticket. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, "Natalie Wood: Death in Dark Water," 4 Feb. 2018 Who’s in it for the right reasons and who’s just looking for a meal ticket to the U.S.? cleveland, "Stream this: 5 reality shows to binge right now," 20 Mar. 2020 Rosetta, who had worked at our hospital for more than 20 years, found a way to provide meal tickets for a visiting family who couldn’t afford food. Neil Prose, STAT, "In hospitals, housekeepers are truly the ‘keepers of the house’," 5 Feb. 2020 Meanwhile, in 2015, Orla meets her meal ticket when a mysterious new roommate, Floss, pursues celebrity and convinces the writer to help her rise to stardom. Heather Scott Partington, USA TODAY, "In novel 'Followers,' Megan Angelo imagines our scary social media future – and present," 14 Jan. 2020 The victim, played by a beguiling and gallant Christopher Plummer, recently cut out many of his ne’er-do-well family members who’ve profited off him for years, giving them all the reason to see their meal ticket dead. Garrett Mitchell, Arizona Republic, Detroit Free Press, "All-star cast has fun in ‘Knives Out’; viewers will, too," 26 Nov. 2019 The Vikings’ meal ticket will continue to run free Sunday against Oakland … Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans came into the season as a top-10 wide receiver and hasn’t played anywhere near that level. Kevin Cusick, Twin Cities, "The Loop Fantasy Football Update Week 3: Brown’s meltdown and other last-minute moves," 22 Sep. 2019 The victim, played by a beguiling and gallant Christopher Plummer, recently cut out many of his ne'er-do-well family members who've profited off him for years, giving them all the reason to see their meal ticket dead. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "An all-star cast has fun in 'Knives Out' and viewers do, too," 25 Nov. 2019 His meal ticket of an instrument, though, sets him apart as much as his attraction to classic arrangements does. Los Angeles Times, "Is Lewis Capaldi — a Brit with a canyon-sized voice and an ugly-cry smash — the new Adele?," 18 Oct. 2019

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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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12 Jul 2020

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“Meal ticket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/meal%20ticket. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for meal ticket

meal ticket

noun

English Language Learners Definition of meal ticket

informal : 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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