Definition of Ticket-of-leave

1. Noun. A permit formerly given to convicts allowing them to leave prison under specific restrictions.

Generic synonyms: Laissez Passer, Pass

Definition of Ticket-of-leave

1. Noun. A permit once granted to convicts allowing them to leave prison under certain circumstances; used especially of convicts transported to the British colonies ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ticket-of-leave

ticked off
ticker tape
ticker tape parade
ticket-of-leave (current term)
ticket agent
ticket book
ticket booth
ticket collector
ticket designator
ticket holder
ticket inspector
ticket inspectors
ticket line
ticket office
ticket offices
ticket stub
ticket taker
ticket tout

Literary usage of Ticket-of-leave

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1. Universal Pronouncing Dictionary of Biography and Mythology by Joseph Thomas (1901)
""The Ticket-of-Leave Man," (1863.) "Twixt Axe and Crown," (1870,) and "Anae Boleyn," (1876.) He also edited the Autobiographies of BR Haydon and CR Leslie, ..."

2. The Social Welfare Forum: Official Proceedings [of The] Annual Meeting by Conference of Charities and Correction (U.S.), National Conference on Social Welfare, American Social Science Association, National Conference of Social Work (U.S.) (1886)
"The ticket of leave, however, in reality constituted a fourth stage of equal, ... The ticket of leave was simply a conditional release, and valid only ..."

3. Studies of a Biographer by Leslie Stephen (1902)
"gentleman who is only escaping on ticket-of-leave from the prison-house of respectability, and is quite unequal to a personal conflict with ' blazing ..."

4. A History of Our Own Times by Justin McCarthy (1901)
"It was during the passing of the bill through the House of Lords that Lord Grey suggested the introduction of a modification of the ticket-of-leave system ..."

5. Representative British Dramas, Victorian and Modern by Montrose Jonas Moses (1918)
"THE ticket-of-leave MAN ACT I SCENE. — The Bellevue Tea Gardens, in the south-west Suburbs of London. Summer evening. Front of the Tavern with ornamental ..."

6. Suggestions for the Repression of Crime: Contained in Charges Delivered to by Matthew Davenport Hill (1857)
"... of the witnesses on this inquiry) under one common designation of ' ticket-of-leave men/ with convicts whose sentences had fully and absolutely expired. ..."

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