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
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work your passage

work in return for a free place on a voyage.
See also: passage, work
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They then worked their passage back to Liverpool as sailors on the same pay as their white crew mates.
``They worked their passage from Liverpool to New York in the 1880s, and must have arrived in America with at least 1,000 dollars,'' said Gordon.
British academics-turned-politicians, many of whom, like Denis Healey, started off on the far Left but worked their passage to the Centre-Right, wince at the reflections of a fellow-traveller who finds the middle-class way of life all too acceptable.