a ticket that entitles the bearer to meals in a specified restaurant, especially when meals purchased in this manner are offered at reduced rates.
Informal. someone upon whom one is dependent for one’s income or livelihood:
selfish children who look upon their father only as a meal ticket.
Informal. something, as an object or ability possessed by a person, that is necessary to that person’s livelihood:
The radio announcer’s voice was his meal ticket.
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Carl Owen (“King Carl”; “The Meal Ticket”) 1903–88, U.S. baseball pitcher.
(slang) a person, situation, etc, providing a source of livelihood or income
A person or thing depended on as a source of income, as in Magic Johnson was a real meal ticket for his team, or Her interpersonal skills will be her meal ticket when she goes into sales. This metaphoric expression alludes to the earlier practice of handing out tickets that entitle their holder to a meal. [ Early 1900s ]
[meel-tahym] /ˈmilˌtaɪm/ noun 1. the usual time for a meal. n. also meal-time, late 12c., from meal (n.1) + time (n.). Etymologically, a tautology.
[meel-wurm] /ˈmilˌwɜrm/ noun 1. the larva of any of several darkling beetles of the genus Tenebrio, which infests granaries and is used as food for birds and animals. /ˈmiːlˌwɜːm/ noun 1. the larva of various beetles of the genus Tenebrio, esp T. molitor, feeding on meal, flour, and similar stored foods: family Tenebrionidae
[mee-lee] /ˈmi li/ adjective, mealier, mealiest. 1. having the qualities of ; powdery; soft, dry, and crumbly: mealy potatoes; a mealy stone. 2. of or containing ; farinaceous: baked fish with a mealy crust. 3. covered with or as if with or powder: flowers mealy with their pollen. 4. flecked as if with ; spotty: […]
[mee-lee-buhg] /ˈmi liˌbʌg/ noun 1. any of several scalelike, homopterous insects of the families Pseudococcidae and Eriococcidae that are covered with a powdery wax secretion and feed on plants.