[Ads-l] Youneverknow.

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon Dec 2 12:51:04 EST 2019


The first meaning in the OED is:

A ticket entitling a person to a meal, esp. at a specified place for a reduced cost

Fred Shapiro



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Yes, but not the common-or-garden one at
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The literal meaning of "meal ticket" is definitely included in the OED.

Fred Shapiro



On Sun, Dec 1, 2019 at 5:56 AM David Daniel <dad at coarsecourses.com> wrote:

> Odd. I poked around and some dictionaries give the literal meaning of
> mea=
l
> ticket along with the nonliteral meanings (dictionary.com and
> Macmillan), and some don't (Oxford and Merriam-Webster). If anyone is
> interested: Her=
e
> in Brazil, virtually every employer gives virtually every employee a
> meal ticket to use to pay for lunch. These days, the meal tickets are
> mostly pre-paid debit cards provided by various companies, the
> worldwide food-service company Sodexo being one. The tickets are known
> by various names, the most common being "vale alimenta=E7=E3o" - food
> voucher - and "ticket refei=E7=E3o" - literally, meal ticket.
> Restaurants in commercial areas a=
re all
> packed at lunchtime with folks using their meal tickets, which is good
> fo=
r
> everybody.
> DAD


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