a meal ticket

a meal ticket
амер., жарг.
(a (или smb.'s) meal ticket)
1) (of smb.) кормилец и поилец

‘Must you always talk about the Hundts, George?’ Mary Asked. ‘We're in such a groove here; we have no friends, and the only people you talk about are the Hundts, the Hundts.’ ‘They're our meal ticket after all, old girl.’ (G. Gordon, ‘Let the Day Perish’, part II, ch. V) — - Почему ты всегда говоришь только о Гундтах, Джордж? - спросила Мэри. - Мы здесь живем, как в могиле; друзей у нас нет, и единственно, о ком ты рассказываешь, это все о Гундтах да о Гундтах. - В конце концов, ведь они наши кормильцы, старушка.

Mrs Artrim was my meal ticket. I was broke. (E. S. Gardner, ‘The D. A. Draws a Circle’, ch. XV) — Я погиб. Миссис Артрим была единственным источником моего существования.

2) (of smth.) средства к жизни, источник существования

A radio announcer's voice is his meal ticket. (RHD) — Средства к существованию дает ему его голос - голос диктора.

Большой англо-русский фразеологический словарь. - М.: «Русский язык-Медиа».. 2006.

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  • meal ticket — meal ,ticket noun count 1. ) INFORMAL someone that supplies you with food or money, especially when you do nothing to provide for yourself 2. ) a ticket or card that allows someone to eat a meal or meals, for example in a DORMITORY at a college …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • meal ticket — ☆ meal ticket n. 1. a ticket entitling the holder to a specified value in meals at a particular restaurant 2. Slang a person, job, skill, etc. that one depends on as one s means of support …   English World dictionary

  • meal ticket — ► NOUN ▪ a person or thing that is exploited as a source of income …   English terms dictionary

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  • meal ticket — also meal ticket N SING: usu a N If you say that something or someone is a meal ticket, you mean that they provide a person with money or a lifestyle which they would not otherwise have. His chosen field was unlikely to be a meal ticket for life …   English dictionary

  • meal ticket — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms meal ticket : singular meal ticket plural meal tickets 1) informal someone or something that you use to supply you with all the food or money that you need, instead of doing this for yourself 2) a ticket or… …   English dictionary

  • meal ticket — 1. a ticket that entitles the bearer to meals in a specified restaurant, esp. when meals purchased in this manner are offered at reduced rates. 2. Informal. someone upon whom one is dependent for one s income or livelihood: selfish children who… …   Universalium

  • meal ticket — noun a) A ticket or voucher that can be exchanged for food. Volunteers are provided with a meal ticket for every four hours of service. b) Someone or something that provides income or livelihood, especially as an exploited source. I dont enjoy… …   Wiktionary

  • meal ticket — noun Date: circa 1899 one that serves as the ultimate source of one s income < an advanced degree was his meal ticket > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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