shore leave


: a leave of absence to go on shore granted to a sailor or naval officer

Examples of shore leave in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Additionally, the unions are asking for officials to arrange for shore leave for the crew once the ship returns to port, as their visas expired while they’ve been stranded. Jean Marbella, Baltimore Sun, 12 May 2024 The wooden gatehouse and cellblocks of the Old Lahaina Prison, built in the 1850s to deal with rowdy sailors on shore leave, are gone. Tim Arango, New York Times, 20 Oct. 2023 The ships were docked in San Francisco, where the crews were on shore leave. Longreads, 5 Sep. 2023 Cash, like a sailor on shore leave, gets around. Karen Heller, Washington Post, 10 Aug. 2020 Any interesting places for shore leave (liberty)? Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 4 Jan. 2022 However, a study by the respected Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments last year reported that nearly 10,000 mariners are needed to operate all of the government and commercial vessels when crew rotations and shore leave are taken into account. Loren Thompson, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 The Vikings’ stay on the island was apparently brief, just long enough for a few stowaway rodents to take some shore leave that ended up being permanent. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 2 Jan. 2019 Bettany, enjoying shore leave from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, goes all in on Warhol’s mincing pattern of speech with the elbows-in posture of someone on the defense. Two Kings, Vulture, 20 Dec. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shore leave was in 1888

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Cite this Entry

“Shore leave.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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