One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A gold-coloured ticket granting the holder a valuable prize.‘the first ten got a golden ticket to get their book signed by the author’
- 1.1 A qualification or set of circumstances that gives someone a significant opportunity.‘an MBA was a golden ticket into a world of six-figure salaries’‘this promise was the golden ticket that won him the presidency’
- 1.1 A qualification or set of circumstances that gives someone a significant opportunity.
Early 19th century: popularized by Roald Dahl's novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964).
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