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 Newman says passengers were allowed a five-hour shore leave Sunday night in Juneau but were confined to the ship on Monday. Claire Stremple, Anchorage Daily News, 28 June 2022 In this musical comedy from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, two sailors (Sinatra and Kelly) take their shore leave amid the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. Kristina Garcia, Los Angeles Times, 31 May 2022 Just two months before the attack, Daly proposed to and married Lea Frances Doerck during a shore leave in San Diego. San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Dec. 2021 The pace just roars along as the three sailors (Kelly along with Frank Sinatra and Jules Munchin) make their way through 24 hours of World War II shore leave, meeting girls and seeing the sights. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 6 Dec. 2021 Directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, On the Town stars Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and Jules Munshin as Gabey, Chip, and Ozzie, three Navy men spending their shore leave in the Big Apple. Marley Marius, Vogue, 8 Nov. 2021 The accumulation of stories like this, and the ongoing limitations on shore leave and unpredictable border restrictions, has made retention and recruitment a problem, Platten explained, especially during the holiday season. Aurora Almendral, Quartz, 29 Oct. 2021 The men, among the most powerful military officers in the Pacific, were on shore leave from the U.S.S. Blue Ridge, the flagship of the Seventh Fleet, based in Japan. Tom Wright, WSJ, 30 Sep. 2021 Marchal — and hundreds of thousands of seafarers like her — have not been permitted shore leave since. Hanna Ziady, CNN, 29 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of shore leave

1888, in the meaning defined above

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1 Aug 2022

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“Shore leave.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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