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1A book of tickets for use on public transport in some countries.
voucher, token, ticket, document, certificateView synonyms
- ‘I caused bottlenecks in front of crowded Métro barriers, frantically scrabbling through my satchel for that sad little bag containing my carnet of tickets.’
- ‘This, as you might gather, is a pack of six bus tickets, or for Europeans, a carnet.’
- ‘Renilson has also introduced other innovations such as more accessible timetables, buses every 10 minutes on urban corridors, carnets of tickets and add-on fares with ScotRail and Citylink.’
2A customs permit allowing a motor vehicle to be taken across a frontier for a limited period.
authorization, licence, pass, voucher, ticket, warrant, document, certificationView synonyms
- ‘This made it impossible for Bulgarian trucks to travel with Georgian carnets.’
- ‘He has been accused of bribing and forging carnets, a type of customs document required for transit passage of land vehicles through certain countries.’
- ‘Dimitrov said that travelling with a fake carnet was impossible because carnets were issued by a licensed authority in the country in which the truck was registered.’
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