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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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  • It was not all shore-leave, but there was skittles now and then for the deserving and good-conduct men.

    Pike & Cutlass George Gibbs
  • But, to return, Mulholland answered my request for shore-leave with a soothing smile.

    The Deluge David Graham Phillips
  • There is no accounting, ever, for the ways of shore-leave sailor-men.

    Told in the East Talbot Mundy
  • We had, all of us, already over-stayed our shore-leave by many hours.

    Tramping on Life Harry Kemp
British Dictionary definitions for shore-leave

shore leave

noun (navy)
permission to go ashore Compare liberty (sense 5)
time spent ashore during leave
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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