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meal ticket

noun
     
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meal ticket [countable]
1 informal something or someone that you depend on to give you money or food:
There were times when he suspected he was just a meal ticket to her.
2PEW a card that you buy and then use to get meals at school or work, or at a special event:
The meal ticket is $15 and includes three meals with beverages.

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