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ticket of leave

or ticket-of-leave

noun, plural tickets of leave. British.
(formerly) a permit allowing a convict to leave prison, under certain restrictions, and go to work before having served a full term, somewhat similar to a certificate of parole.
Origin of ticket of leave
1725-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • But Falconer was as well known to the police as if he had a ticket-of-leave, and a good deal better.

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
  • The fellow is a ticket-of-leave man, and as likely as not in league with these scoundrels.

    A Final Reckoning G. A. Henty
  • Beef, bullying and brawn were the things that counted most in that paradise of ticket-of-leave men.

    The War After the War Isaac Frederick Marcosson
  • One was a convict on ticket-of-leave, the other a deserter from a regiment in England.

  • "Him—he's a ticket-of-leave man, and has more money than half of the merchants in Melbourne," replied the cartman.

    The Gold Hunter's Adventures William H. Thomes
  • He will get a ticket-of-leave almost immediately on landing.

  • A ticket-of-leave was given to each convict who consented to join the Chilean army.

  • Then get my poor gardener, not fifty lashes, but his ticket-of-leave!

    Some Persons Unknown E. W. Hornung
  • The property would be my wife's, and she would come out to me, and in a year or two I should get a ticket-of-leave.

  • “The ticket-of-leave man was out on starvation,” as p. 37one of them informed me.

    The Night Side of London J. Ewing Ritchie
British Dictionary definitions for ticket-of-leave

ticket of leave

(formerly in Britain) a permit allowing a convict (ticket-of-leave man) to leave prison, after serving only part of his sentence, with certain restrictions placed on him
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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