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:
1905–10

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shore leave
 
n
1.  Compare liberty permission to go ashore
2.  time spent ashore during leave

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Example sentences
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.
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