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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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.