One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A convict whose term of sentence has expired.‘there is no Act to prevent an expiree going away from the colony’
- ‘Official policy intended to bar the return of expirees to England.’
- ‘The expiree Robert Sparks was the successful tenderer for the building of two stone navigational obelisks.’
- ‘Ship owners were prohibited from carrying expirees back to England.’
- ‘A committee of enquiry into the security of life and property in Sydney identified the twin evils of poor discipline and the influx of Norfolk Island expirees to the barracks.’
- ‘The judge implicitly admits that even after completing the sentence of transportation, the expiree was never exactly a free man.’
Early 19th century: from expire + -ee.
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