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
See also: punch, ticket
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The two-time defending champions punched their ticket to the NBA's final four for the fifth consecutive season and eliminated the Rockets from the postseason for the second-straight year.
Ceres-Negros star Stephan Schrock feels his club is poised for a deeper run in the AFC Cup after the Busmen punched their ticket to the KO stage with a game to spare.
And the Baby Tamaraws punched their ticket into the semifinals of thebiggest high school basketball tournament in the country this comingFriday, March 22.
Batang Gilas punched their ticket to the Fiba U17 World Cup by placing fourth at the Under-16 Asian Championship in China last April.
They punched their ticket to the Stanley Cup Finals on Sunday, May 20, giving them eight days off in between games.
Fullerton, CA, May 20, 2017 --(PR.com)-- In just their second season of the program, HIU's Baseball team punched their ticket to the NAIA World Series by going undefeated in the Opening Round and defeating #10 Middle Georgia State in the Championship Game with a final score of 12-11.
Sam Allardyce and Co punched their ticket in to next season's top flight in the penultimate fixture of last season and will be looking to rebuild this summer as they look to avoid a relegation battle when campaign begins in August.
The Ducks punched their ticket to Eugene Country Club on Wednesday by finishing second at the NCAA Tucson Regional at The Gallery at Dove Mountain, tying for the best round of the day.
PORTADOWN manager Ronnie McFall saluted his troops after they punched their ticket to next month's Irish Cup final.
Recife: Mexico punched their ticket to the last 16 of the World Cup on Monday with a 3-1 win over Group A rivals Croatia in Recife that sent the Europeans out of the competition.
Chelsea, like Real Madrid, was flirting with elimination before a late goal from the beleaguered Demba Ba punched their ticket to the final four.
The Chiefs punched their ticket to the American Youth Football New England Region finals with a come-from-behind, 16-8 victory over the North End Providence 49ers in the regional semifinals on Sunday evening at Doyle Field in Leominster.
Park End punched their ticket to the semi-finals by coming from behind to beat Oddfellows 2-1.
The Busmen, who punched their ticket to the preliminary round of Asia's premier club competition after ruling the Philippines Football League last June, have been drawn with Myanmar's Yangon United in the first round on Feb.
Namely, that with a 28-7 defeat of visiting Naperville North, the Wildcats notched their sixth win of the season and punched their ticket to the Class 8A playoff party one year after they were left on the outside looking in.