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shore leave

noun, Navy.
permission to spend time ashore, usually 48 hours or more, granted a member of a ship's company.
the time spent ashore during such leave.
Origin of shore leave
1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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)
permission to go ashore Compare liberty (sense 5)
time spent ashore during leave
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