work (one's) passage

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work (one's) passage

To do work in exchange for free travel to a specific town or country. After his company went bust in Los Angeles, Martin had to work his passage back to his family's home in Britain.
See also: passage, work

work your passage

work in return for a free place on a voyage.
See also: passage, work
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But only if Beatrice and Eugenie and any number of their ilk have to work their passage and only if it sets sail on a Mediterranean mercy mission, just in time for the treacherous winter seas.
There are also fare-paying passengers aboard, who pay about $100 a day for the privilege of having to work their passage while being bounced around the ocean.
He or she will work their passage to Falmouth under full sail, eating in the galley, sleeping in a hammock and taking time on watch.