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 judge implicitly admits that even after completing the sentence of transportation, the expiree was never exactly a free man.’
- ‘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.’
Early 19th century: from expire + -ee.
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