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shore leave

noun, Navy.
1.
permission to spend time ashore, usually 48 hours or more, granted a member of a ship's company.
2.
the time spent ashore during such leave.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10
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Examples for shore leave
  • When not carefully managed on shore leave, they will rapidly wreck whole towns.
  • Tattooing and piercing, once the preference of biker chicks and sailors on shore leave, are attracting ever younger recruits.
  • Part of the crew was given shore leave, and those who remained on board looked forward to a weekend of light duty.
British Dictionary definitions for shore leave

shore leave

noun (navy)
1.
permission to go ashore Compare liberty (sense 5)
2.
time spent ashore during leave
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