shore leave


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 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, "Ships Are Moving, but Exhausted Sailors Are Stuck at Sea Under Coronavirus Restrictions," 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,, "In 1940s screwball style, ‘Suite Surrender’ gets its laughs | Review," 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, "Here’s to the class-conflicted, workplace-inappropriate ‘Below Deck’ — TV’s ideal mental vacation," 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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“Shore leave.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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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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