Meal-ticket meaning

The definition of a meal ticket is someone or something that will take care of you financially or provide you with financial success.

An example of a meal ticket is having a singing voice that will make you a star.

An example of a meal ticket is the husband of a trophy wife.

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A card or ticket entitling the holder to a meal or meals.
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A person or thing depended on as a source of financial support.
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A ticket entitling the holder to a specified value in meals at a particular restaurant.
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A person, job, skill, etc. that one depends on as one's means of support.
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A ticket or voucher that can be exchanged for food.

Volunteers are provided with a meal ticket for every four hours of service.

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(idiomatic) Someone or something that provides income or livelihood, especially as an exploited source.

I don't enjoy this job, but it is my meal ticket.

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