shore leave

noun

Definition of 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 But in the era of no shore leave, DiDomenico has become a de facto delivery driver. Taylor Telford, Washington Post, 9 Apr. 2021 But in the era of no shore leave, DiDomenico has become a de facto delivery driver. Author: Taylor Telford, Jacob Bogage, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Apr. 2021 Cargo carriers prohibited shore leave for their crews. Author: Taylor Telford, Jacob Bogage, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Apr. 2021 Cargo carriers prohibited shore leave for their crews. Taylor Telford, Washington Post, 9 Apr. 2021 The police invoked the State Riot Act, and the Navy revoked shore leave for all sailors within 100 miles of San Francisco. Bill Van Niekerken, SFChronicle.com, 12 Aug. 2020 India is on a three-week lockdown, and Greece, the world’s biggest ship-owning country and home to the Port of Piraeus, one of Europe’s busiest gateways, has suspended all shore leave and crew changes. Costas Paris, WSJ, 5 Apr. 2020 Desperate to keep the peace is the hotel manager, Bernard Dunlap — and keeping the peace is hard when there’s a crew of sailors on shore leave playing with explosives in the lobby. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, 18 Sep. 2019 The crew’s banter, whether in the galley, on deck or on shore leave, is a bracing update of salty, seafaring wags of yore. Washington Post, 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of shore leave

1888, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shore leave was in 1888

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21 May 2021

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“Shore leave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shore%20leave. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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shore leave

noun

English Language Learners Definition of shore leave

: official permission for a sailor to leave a ship and go onto land for a period of time

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