shore leave


Definition of shore leave

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

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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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18 Jun 2019

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The first known use of shore leave was in 1888

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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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