punch (one's) ticket

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punch (one's) ticket

1. Literally, to punch a hole in or otherwise mark one's ticket, especially for a bus or train, to show they have paid the fare to ride. An attendant will come around to punch your ticket after we leave the station. If you fail to show a valid ticket or provide prove of identification upon request, you may be subject to a $50 fine.
2. By extension, to perform an action that allows one to proceed, especially in a competition. With a win tonight, they will punch their ticket to the tournament. If this deal goes through, you'll have punched your ticket to the corner office.
See also: punch, ticket

punch your ticket

deliberately undertake particular assignments that are likely to lead to promotion at work. US informal
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Hurley finished 12th in Sacramento with a toss of 209 feet, 6 inches, but that was good enough to punch his ticket to Oregon's finals.
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THE market for today's feature points to age before beauty, but Beauty Prince is a tempting alternative as The Golden Age bids to punch his ticket for the BWW Hong Kong Derby in the Siu Sai Wan Handicap at 1.15.
Against the ropes in the second game, he outlasted Michigan State's Kosta Leeos 12-21, 21-20, 11-6 to punch his ticket to the final.
In the boys' singles, Samuele Ramazzotti (1,587th amongst boys), the unseeded Italian who ousted top seed Ioannides (417th) on day one, continued his fine form with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Indian qualifier Taha Kapadia to punch his ticket to the quarter-final round.
Nevertheless, Williams rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 win in his first sectional match and won by a 6-1, 6-0 sweep in the quarterfinals to punch his ticket.