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meal ticket

A person or thing used to provide permanent financial income. This new business was supposed to be my meal ticket, but it's costing me more money than I'm making. I'm a model, so my face is my meal ticket, and I can't afford to have a blemish!
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meal ticket

A person or thing depended on as a source of income, as in Magic Johnson was a real meal ticket for his team, or Her interpersonal skills will be her meal ticket when she goes into sales. This metaphoric expression alludes to the earlier practice of handing out tickets that entitle their holder to a meal. [Early 1900s]
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a meal ticket

If you describe something or someone as a meal ticket, you mean that they are a way of getting all the money that you need throughout your life. A degree has never been a meal ticket, but the recession is making life for graduates tougher than ever. He was wealthy. I think she saw him as a life-long meal ticket.
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a ˈmeal ticket

(informal) a person or thing that you see only as a source of money and food: He suspected that he was just a meal ticket for her.I hoped the guitar would become my meal ticket.
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The system sees pupils exchange cash for meal tickets.
But with the Sainsbury's Student Meal Ticket parents can rest assured that their kids will have funds to buy the essential food and non food items that will ensure they settle into university life with ease.
her last meal ticket close to kicking the bucket and she does not even have to now she has a new meal ticket.
Meal ticket notes can be included to alert the staff to special needs such as customized utensils.
Next to making it one the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, it's the surest meal ticket around.
The suspicion remains that political time-servers see the post as a meal ticket.
40 meal ticket, 40p goes on ingredients and it is believed the rise will cover increased running costs.
When Victor meets a slick investment banker, Jack (Peter Sarsgaard, quite good in the way he oozes avarice), he thinks he has found his meal ticket.
Norman Williamson, successful last year on Super Coin, deserts his meal ticket with Venetia Williams and The Winning Line-who run The Outback Way-and rejoins Kim Bailey to ride Tidebrook.
But she thinks tycoon Chris could provide her with a meal ticket.
The one thing Barry Hearn promised was opportunity, not a free meal ticket, but events and the chance to earn well.
Someone ought to remind Mr Kelly that Angela's generosity doesn't mean he has to treat her like a meal ticket.
We women should be above demanding a meal ticket for life unless, through long service to the family and advancing age, we've earned it.
Most of the present squad of players are just not good enough to fight their way back to the Premiership, as to do this you need players with heart, dedication and the will to win, not just a bunch of players who use the club just as a meal ticket.