Definition of ticket in English:

ticket

noun

  • 1A piece of paper or card that gives the holder a certain right, especially to enter a place, travel by public transport, or participate in an event.

    ‘admission is by ticket only’
    • ‘They each handed their tickets to the ticket taker and entered the plane.’
    • ‘The busway tickets are sold in two ways: vouchers for a certain amount of money in the form of a ‘smart card’ and regular tickets for each trip.’
    • ‘These days the travelers validate their purple tickets or season ticket coupons at automatic turnstiles.’
    • ‘The objective is to stop people passing used public transport tickets to each other.’
    • ‘Travelers who buy tickets with credit cards can typically get refunds from the credit card company if an airline fails.’
    • ‘An all-in ticket costs €60, but you can get tickets for individual events as well.’
    • ‘Although technically open to the public, entry was limited to holders of scarce tickets of admission.’
    • ‘However, it is necessary to use a paper ticket for international travel.’
    • ‘Most travel agents charge a fee to deliver paper tickets.’
    • ‘In addition to the movie tickets, he preserves even the entry tickets to all entertainment events like circus and magic shows.’
    • ‘Raffle tickets for the event are now on sale and admission on the night will be £5.’
    • ‘Early booking of tickets for the event is advisable as tickets are limited.’
    • ‘The airline has announced it would charge travel agents a $55 fee if they requested paper tickets for domestic flights from July 1.’
    • ‘The man came by to check their tickets and their travel permits, but appeared not to be suspicious.’
    • ‘They let season ticket holders sell tickets they otherwise wouldn't use.’
    • ‘All season ticket holders managed to get tickets, but many faced lengthy waits.’
    • ‘Organizers warned yesterday that holders of fraudulent tickets would not be admitted to World Cup events.’
    • ‘Festival passes are available for $75 and are exchangeable for tickets to six performance events.’
    • ‘They sign a contract to present one performance of their work in April, and to help sell tickets and publicize the event.’
    • ‘Apparently, they were issuing two and three tickets to each season ticket holder and that's why they ran out.’
    pass, warrant, authorization, licence, permit
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    1. 1.1 A receipt for goods that have been received.
      • ‘Some have a Post Office or bank-like flavour to them, with clerks waiting behind grilles to receive customers' bets and issue tickets as receipts.’
      document, chit, coupon, voucher, certificate, counterfoil, bill, receipt, sales slip, proof of purchase
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    2. 1.2 A piece of paper or card bought as a way of entering a lottery or raffle.
      ‘the two winning tickets, bought within days of each other, went unclaimed’
      • ‘The unsuspecting holder of a winning Lotto ticket which was bought in west London has just a few days to claim a £3.9m prize.’
      • ‘The odds are so unfavourable that unless you really liked to take on risks at unfavourable odds why would you ever buy a lottery ticket?’
      • ‘Anyone who matches the unique Millionaire Raffle number at the bottom of the ticket wins £1 million.’
      • ‘On a whim, he bought two more lottery tickets in early July of this year.’
      • ‘I've bought a lottery ticket, so fingers crossed.’
      • ‘The committee wish to thank all those who in any way contributed to the proceeds and those who bought tickets for the raffle.’
      • ‘I had three beers, and bought a couple tickets for a charity raffle.’
      • ‘The winning ticket was in his wallet, which was stolen the night before.’
      • ‘Last week, a woman bought and then lost what she says is the winning ticket in the Mega Millions lottery which, at the time, was at $150 million or so.’
      • ‘Tickets for the raffle cost £1 per each.’
      • ‘The chance of winning the lottery with a single ticket have not changed, however; it's still 1 in 14 million.’
      • ‘At the grocer's last night I briefly considered buying a lottery ticket - it was clearly a lucky day.’
      • ‘Make a chart and list all your fixed and variable expenses, down to your weekly lottery ticket purchases.’
      • ‘I've never bought a lottery ticket or a scratch card.’
      • ‘A couple of weeks ago I bought ten pounds worth of lottery tickets.’
      • ‘A few minutes ago, I stood in a supermarket queue a couple of places behind a woman who bought fifty pounds' worth of lottery tickets on her credit card.’
      • ‘In the morning, I stumbled out to the newsagent to buy a lottery ticket to send my sister for her birthday.’
      • ‘Tickets for the raffle are on sale locally.’
      • ‘The raffle tickets were $20 each.’
      • ‘I had someone on the phone today trying to sell me an $80 raffle ticket to win a new Ferrari.’
    3. 1.3 (in information technology) a request logged on a work tracking system detailing an issue that needs to be addressed or task that must be performed.
      ‘if you have opened a ticket and it's not yet been resolved, there's no need to open a new one’
      ‘they closed the ticket without doing anything’
      • ‘Currently we have 16 customer tickets open with speed-related issues.’
      • ‘The repair person receives the ticket and resolves the issue and closes the incident when the problem is resolved.’
      • ‘I've had a trouble ticket open on this exact issue for the past two weeks.’
      • ‘The ability to work with tickets directly from the admin area would greatly ease its use for managers.’
      • ‘Open a ticket in the bug tracker under the category "content defect" and we'll put it in the queue.’
      • ‘They acknowledged that I was not getting what I was paying for, and opened a ticket to look into what was going on.’
      • ‘He determined that the modem and software must be working fine and ok'd the ticket to be closed as a probable issue with the caller's home phone lines.’
      • ‘If you have created a ticket in the member centre and feel that you are happy that we are working on the issue or that the issue has been resolved please close the ticket.’
      • ‘I can't help you until you've opened a problem ticket.’
      • ‘The options in this section allow for opening a support ticket, viewing all open tickets, viewing closed tickets (and re-opening them if necessary), searching open and closed support requests, and editing the user profile.’
      • ‘The system keeps your ticket open and will show a status of "waiting for customer's response".’
      • ‘Have you opened a ticket with the Help Desk yet?’
    4. 1.4ticket to/out of A method of getting into or out of (a specified state or situation)
      ‘drugs are seen as the only ticket out of poverty’
      ‘companies that appeared to have a one-way ticket to profitability’
      • ‘It was my ticket to untold riches, until I discovered that like all the best ideas someone had already thought of it.’
      • ‘Combining moves from more unusual dance methods can be the ticket to standing out in a performance or audition.’
      • ‘His charisma bought him a one way ticket to the calypso semi-final and final dozens of times.’
      • ‘Jay's ticket to the big time is his band Archangel, and therein lies his problem.’
      • ‘In 1961 being a folk singer was not a ticket to writing celebrity gardening columns.’
      • ‘Making a profit on the house is his ticket to a better life for his family.’
      • ‘Home ownership is not a one-way ticket to quality street, and it is not for those with low or uncertain incomes.’
      • ‘The beauty pageant is a ticket out of town for the hopeful girls who participate.’
      • ‘Yet how could this be anything but a one-way ticket to even worse times?’
      • ‘In recent weeks Irish theatre on tour has looked like a one-way ticket to financial oblivion.’
      • ‘Sean's ticket out of the hood was the State Cops.’
      • ‘This shows that people are hoping that their degree is a ticket to a career of some higher sort.’
  • 2A certificate or warrant.

    1. 2.1 An official notice of a traffic offence.
      ‘the officer issued Rhodes a speeding ticket’
      • ‘You know, a traffic ticket was what she really was responsible for, and she ended up going to prison for committing a felony.’
      • ‘Endorsable tickets for offences such as speeding and passing red lights, lead to three points on your licence and a £60 fine.’
      • ‘Our current fines, applied after many warnings, are so small they amount to a traffic ticket.’
      • ‘Ideally, punishment for marijuana-related offences would be similar to a traffic ticket, or an open alcohol offence.’
      • ‘Nearby, a business called Latin American Services promises help with plane fares, income tax forms, and traffic tickets.’
      • ‘And if you owe money for traffic tickets, we could track you down.’
      • ‘The provincial government is increasing fines and penalties for provincial offences, including speeding tickets, as of August 1st.’
      • ‘Now even a local police officer writing a traffic ticket can determine that a violator is subject to a deportation order and presumably make an arrest.’
      • ‘As well as nowhere to park I discovered three traffic wardens eagerly sticking tickets on any and every car that had attempted to park where they could.’
      • ‘It also leads me to realize that many motorists here have no regard for the law, and are in full realization that failure to pay a traffic ticket fine will not bring you a penalty, at least not too soon anyway.’
      • ‘I like to think that women get away without traffic tickets more often than men.’
      • ‘Still, the news came at a bad time: Esteban was trying to pay off traffic tickets and send money back to his family in Veracruz.’
      • ‘The next thing I knew, a traffic ticket was on the windshield of that car, and the blond-haired woman who owned the car came out a few hours later to see it.’
      • ‘You give them a warning, it's like a traffic ticket.’
      • ‘The fact of the matter is that the police see a range of policing as important to reduce crime, including the issuing of tickets for traffic offences.’
      • ‘If you owe child support or have outstanding traffic tickets, the guards, theoretically, will know.’
      • ‘A total of 24 people received tickets for traffic offences.’
      • ‘Over-zealous traffic wardens have slapped tickets on two Radcliffe traders outside their own shops, even though they were unloading stock.’
      • ‘Everyone looks to take advantage of every loophole available when paying taxes, paying a traffic ticket, appearing for jury duty or whatever.’
      • ‘The highest fine that was listed on the ticket was for eight dollars.’
      • ‘They wrote out 35 tickets for other offences across the weekend.’
      notice, notification, warning, certificate
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    2. 2.2 A certificate of qualification as a ship's master, pilot, or other crew member.
      • ‘It held that the exculpatory clause in Russell’s pilot ticket, which is standard in the maritime industry, effectively barred claims against him for simple negligence.’
      • ‘He went to work for the Northern Steamship Company and obtained his master's ticket in 1946.’
    3. 2.3British A certificate of discharge from the army.
  • 3A label attached to a retail product, giving its price, size, and other details.

    • ‘Shipped in a large container from somewhere in the Far East or Eastern Europe, the label and the price ticket will probably have been added in a sweatshop in the north of England.’
    • ‘They have price tickets and bar codes attached.’
    label, tag, sticker, slip, tally, tab, marker, docket
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  • 4North American in singular A list of candidates put forward by a party in an election.

    ‘his presence on the Republican ticket’
    • ‘It helped Cr Gates defeat Cr Irwin on preferences and ensured the other members of his ticket, Crs John Hampton and Brian Suffolk, were elected.’
    • ‘If four candidates on a single ticket were all to get into Legco they would require the support of nearly the entire constituency.’
    • ‘Not wanting to run on the same ticket as the LaRouche candidates, Stevenson was listed on the ballot as an independent that year.’
    • ‘On Sunday in the Sligo Park Hotel, they will select three candidates on the party ticket.’
    • ‘Mr Lane said that by the whole district voting the temptation was there not to put two strong female candidates on the ticket.’
    • ‘But I do want to encourage people to shake up university politics by not voting in a full ticket of candidates, which has happened in the last several elections.’
    • ‘On December 1, both parties announced they will be fielding a joint ticket of candidates under the name of the Kurdish Unity List.’
    • ‘All three believe it is imperative that a candidate from this region is on the party ticket come the next General Election.’
    • ‘But what about boosting the ticket before the elections?’
    • ‘The vice presidential candidate on the Democratic ticket is the attack dog.’
    • ‘Even Republican Jews are praising Gore's choice of Lieberman, an Orthodox Jew and the first Jew to run on the national ticket of a major party.’
    • ‘Now there's another story, which is Lieberman, the first Jewish candidate, Orthodox Jewish candidate on a national ticket.’
    • ‘I was hoping there'd be an antiwar candidate on the ticket and was disappointed when Kerry picked Edwards.’
    • ‘The Dems already have someone, but any party who has any candidate on the ticket is eligible if they don't already have a rep.’
    • ‘She will never win a place on a national Republican ticket as a candidate for president or vice president.’
    • ‘For this reason, parties seek to ensure that their own voters follow the party ticket and transfer their votes to another candidate of the same party.’
    • ‘Flannery would be a good candidate on any party ticket and will put in a strong campaign over the coming weeks.’
    • ‘Rather than seeking that co-option in September last, Phyllis was selected as a second candidate on the ticket in an effort to take a second seat.’
    • ‘But I don't get to vote for a fantasy ticket; I have to choose between the candidates selected for me.’
    • ‘No candidates running in Iowa in the past 30 years joined together on the Democratic ticket in the election.’
    1. 4.1 A set of principles or policies supported by a party in an election.
      ‘he stood for office on a strong right-wing, no-nonsense ticket’
      • ‘It raises the prospect of the Lib Dems going into the election on a ticket backing extra powers for the Parliament, putting at odds with Labour.’
      • ‘I believe that we have been effective champions of our ticket's policies and principles, and that we have achieved much both locally and across the city.’
      • ‘Are there candidates on the anti-globalisation ticket, then, Tony?’
      • ‘These numbers suggest that a coalition of Islamic parties supporting a single ticket could have won the presidency.’
      • ‘The concept of going forward with a unity ticket that was bipartisan was always something that we had on the table.’
      • ‘The Iraqi Shias have produced a unity ticket for the elections under the direction of Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, the leading Iraqi Shia cleric.’
      • ‘The team is expected to lobby several political parties in a bid to win their support for the ticket in the runoff, he said.’
      • ‘I would like to vote, this year or sometime, for a ticket and a party that is pro-life, pro-family, and pro-poor.’
      • ‘Yet the war shapes other campaigns too, and if Dean falters then there is another candidate on the anti-war ticket: General Wesley Clark.’
      • ‘If he's wrong, the only way he'll win their support is through a very-big ticket policy that Green groups believe is worth it.’
      • ‘Mr Kerry, a decorated Vietnam veteran, calculated that he didn't need to add foreign policy heft to the ticket.’
      • ‘Alan Jones is an old mate of Turnbull's and naturally supports the ticket and the new constitution.’
      • ‘Earl F. Dodge has run for President on the Prohibition ticket in every election since 1984.’
      • ‘In Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who swept to power on an election ticket of uncompromising Islamism, the cabal of conservative mullahs have a president to their liking.’
      • ‘Just ahead, the Democratic ticket is official, and the game is underway.’
      • ‘So I think that most of these people are just being given this as a reward for basically soldiering on and supporting the ticket.’
      • ‘Progress fought the election on an anti-immigrant ticket.’
      • ‘The ‘unity’ of the presidential ticket rarely survived the election.’
      • ‘The party won a resounding victory at the parliamentary elections on a ticket of law and order, and tax cuts.’
      • ‘People are getting no satisfaction and they are strongly considering having somebody stand in the May elections on a ticket of keeping the school open.’
  • 5the ticketinformal The desirable or correct thing.

    ‘a wet spring would be just the ticket for the garden’
    • ‘A tram stop planned for the £300M Kingsway Business Park would have been just the ticket for the 7,000 plus workers expected to find jobs there.’
    • ‘Hey, that's the ticket: a prime-time presidential address.’
    • ‘Once I read his article, I slapped myself in the head and thought ‘Oh my God, that's the ticket!’’
    • ‘The rectangular lake looked a bit murky, and the spray from the fountain was quite fierce, but cooling off with a paddle in the cascade seemed just the ticket.’
    • ‘So a good romp at the close of 2003 was just the ticket.’
    • ‘Given the choices, I'd say the pickup truck is just the ticket.’
    • ‘Show me handing over that cheque for a billion new health dollars to some disabled kid, that's the ticket.’
    • ‘Except for all the driving, Idaho was just the ticket for a nice vacation.’
    • ‘You and Owen stand in front of me Margaret, so you'll both see better, that's the ticket.’
    • ‘Both Hyundai vehicles will be just the ticket for transporting the couple's two children, Austin and Phoebe.’
    • ‘For any male Jewish-born atheist, misogynist, egoist out there, this book is just the ticket.’
    • ‘Preserve things just as they are, that's the ticket.’
    • ‘Sometimes, procrastination is just the ticket.’
    • ‘A heart-to-heart may be just the ticket for forging a better bond with a busy or stressed-out mom.’
    • ‘Spin it, talk it up, smear and talk down critics - that's the ticket.’
    • ‘Let's get married in a cow field, that's the ticket.’
    • ‘Ginkgo may be just the ticket, but not all mountaineers are rushing to the supermarket.’
    • ‘Yeah, that's the ticket, deliver two months ahead of schedule.’
    • ‘Warm woolly sheepskinned lined slippers sounded just the ticket.’
    • ‘With prices from just £46 a person per night in luxury, family-run B&Bs, a break with Carolina Vacations could be just the ticket.’
  • 6Scottish US informal with adjective A person of a specified kind.

    ‘I think you're all a bunch of sick tickets’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Issue (someone) with an official notice of a traffic offence.

    ‘park illegally and you are likely to be ticketed’
    • ‘A police officer witnessed this blatant disregard for the law and attempted to ticket the student for jaywalking.’
    • ‘Some baiters were reassigned to a ‘Dumpster Task Force’ to ticket people for leaving garbage out.’
    • ‘Wardens are told to ticket a distraught woman whose car has broken down.’
    • ‘Another important rule is that they can't ticket you while you're in the drivers seat of your car, or at your vehicle.’
    • ‘And hovering over them all is the constant threat of the police, who ticket the men tirelessly, leading to hundreds of dollars in fines and repeated stays in jail.’
    • ‘On the incident report for Lodge's citation, it was noted the police did not use force while ticketing him and that he did not receive medical treatment.’
    • ‘During similar cycling safety campaigns by the police force, cyclists have complained that police focus more on ticketing cyclists than drivers.’
    • ‘If the cops camped out at the corner of Spadina and College, they could cover the costs of their salaries by ticketing bike-lane parkers.’
    • ‘Traffic wardens were powerless to ticket him because the law says penalties cannot be given out if the lines are obscured.’
    • ‘Should we be surprised, in the light of recent revelations and allegations, that there is growing scepticism towards explanations by the police as to why they are out there ticketing motorists?’
    • ‘He replies, ‘I am wondering if I should ticket you, or let you off with a warning.’’
    • ‘On a typical day he might start the morning with a walk around Pickering, ticketing tourists, before zipping across to scour Helmsley.’
    • ‘A police officer noticed the passenger had no legs and ticketed the man to the tune of about $350.’
    • ‘The driver was duly ticketed, then the traffic warden flew home, presumably satisfied with his busman's holiday.’
    • ‘If you treat the officer respectfully and roll over, there is no need for him to ticket you to win an argument.’
    • ‘In Westmount, they ticket you for idling in a car for four minutes.’
    • ‘He said that the police did not ticket the presidential guard but only reported the incident to his superior.’
    • ‘I hope the next cop who tickets me looks just like that, fishnet stockings and all!’
    • ‘And don't tell me about the $200 speeding ticket you got doing 165 on the freeway.’
    • ‘It's been brewing for more than a year, this public resentment of the rapacity of police ticketing for traffic offences.’
  • 2be ticketed(of a passenger) be issued with a travel ticket.

    ‘passengers can now get electronically ticketed’
    ‘ticketed passengers’
    • ‘It cost the airline $500,000 to fly 145,000 ticketed passengers on rival airlines or in hired planes.’
    • ‘His last name matches that of a passenger who was ticketed to board flight 68 but did not show up, the officials said.’
    • ‘Those who made it on the ill-fated planes were ticketed passengers but some apparently used aliases, officials said.’
    • ‘All Mileage Plus award reservations on Mexicana must be booked and ticketed by Dec. 31, and travel must be completed by March 31.’
    • ‘There are two different ways to travel: either through ticketed travel or ticketless travel.’
    • ‘During the four-day Easter holiday, the airline had to pay out $500,000 to fly 145,000 ticketed passengers in hired planes or rival airlines.’
    • ‘After another long wait during which the check-in agent kept refreshing his screen every two minutes they did ticket me and I did get the earlier flight.’
    • ‘Most airlines showed sensitivity in waiving change fees for ticketed passengers on London-bound flights immediately following the terrorist attacks.’
    • ‘Over the same period, the 13 other airlines tracked by the Transportation Department displaced 412, 447 ticketed passengers voluntarily or against their will.’
    1. 2.1North American Be destined for a specified state or position.
      ‘they were sure that Downing was ticketed for greatness’
      • ‘A number of the older buildings downtown have been ticketed for renovation and artists have begun to drift in, lured by low rents.’
      • ‘Some Indians officials fear Ramirez is ticketed for one of the New York teams.’
      • ‘Before he injured his knee in camp, Navies was ticketed for the starting job on the strong side.’
      • ‘They could use a quarterback because Trent Dilfer is ticketed as their starter.’
      • ‘Overall, he was 2-2 - 1 in 1999-2000 and ticketed for a backup role this season before Shields' injury.’
      • ‘Connie Nielsen is miscast as the femme fatale (originally, the role was ticketed for Monica Bellucci).’
      • ‘Deen Grant, who missed his rookie season because of a hip injury, appears to be ticketed for the free safety job.’
      • ‘Also ticketed for EU sanctions are fresh apples, pears, and rice from the US.’
      • ‘Additionally, Fong noted, the USDA vet failed to eartag the animal, a required procedure, after it was ticketed for further testing.’
      • ‘The animal was then ticketed for rendering and subsequently very quickly disappeared.’
  • 3be ticketed(of a retail product) be marked with a label giving its price, size, and other details.

    ‘the sports jacket had been ticketed at two hundred dollars’
    ‘the ticketed price’
    • ‘Radio Frequency (RF) labels provide well ticketed products that stimulate impulse buying and can increase sales dramatically.’
    • ‘If the scanned price of a ticketed item is higher than the shelf price or any other displayed price, the customer is entitled to receive the lower price.’
    • ‘We are committed to partnering with those vendors willing to ship ticketed merchandise.’
    • ‘When I found my VCD player, I was offered a 9 percent discount after my first show of negativity regarding the ticketed price.’

Phrases

  • be tickets

    • informal Be the end.

      ‘if that man talks to the police, it's tickets for him’
  • have tickets on oneself

    • informal Be excessively proud of oneself.

      ‘she dressed me up fit to kill and I must confess I had a few tickets on myself as I walked’
      • ‘Oooh, he certainly has tickets on himself, doesn't he?’
      • ‘His girlfriend has married his brother, the affable local copper (Andrew S Gilbert), and everyone is suspicious about why the bloke who always had tickets on himself is back.’
      • ‘Here's a star centre who, unlike many in the Auckland and Canterbury teams, doesn't have tickets on himself.’
      • ‘Mariah, you might have noticed, has tickets on herself.’
      • ‘Some people have tickets on themselves; other people just sniff and say ‘if you need to ask, you couldn't afford me.’’
  • punch one's ticket

    • 1informal Deliberately undertake particular assignments that are likely to lead to promotion at work.

      ‘Giles had punched his ticket at all the right stops within the journal’
      • ‘War Chant punched his ticket to the Kentucky Derby when he won the San Rafael Stakes and was second in the Santa Anita Derby.’
      • ‘The Cardinals have a manager who has punched his ticket to the Hall of Fame; the Astros have one who finally has proved what he can do when he has enough good players.’
      • ‘He had punched his ticket as a climbing Sherpa, but the next challenge was to make his mark on Everest.’
      • ‘He punched his ticket to the classics with a 3 3/4-length win in the Arkansas Derby but was eased three weeks later in the Kentucky Derby.’
      • ‘After a mediocre regular season saw them finish at 12-8, the Golden Bears ripped off an impressive post-season run to punch their ticket for the big dance with the Canada West championship.’
      • ‘Reba's Gold punched his ticket to Japan with a win in the Steinlen Handicap on November 10.’
      • ‘Last Sunday, the Terrapins punched their ticket to an eleventh straight NCAA tournament with an uninspiring, painful to watch victory over a mediocre University of Virginia team.’
      • ‘The Bucs still have tough games against New England and Atlanta before they can punch their ticket to the play-offs.’
      • ‘Johannesburg kept his record perfect and punched his ticket for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile later this month.’
      • ‘That's not to say some big names weren't still looking to punch their ticket to 2004-05.’
      1. 1.1(in sport) ensure one's progress to a further contest or tournament.
        ‘in scoring 13 points, they punched their ticket to the Super Bowl in Jacksonville’
        • ‘The Bucs still have tough games against New England and Atlanta before they can punch their ticket to the playoffs.’
        • ‘Last Sunday, the Terrapins punched their ticket to an eleventh straight NCAA tournament with an uninspiring, painful to watch victory over a mediocre University of Virginia team.’
        • ‘Last year the Saints had to sneak into the B.C.s via the back-door but would rather punch their ticket more easily this time out.’
        • ‘If the season hasn't already punched his ticket to Cooperstown, N.Y., then a third MVP Award certainly would guarantee his place in the Hall of Fame.’
        • ‘That's not to say some big names weren't still looking to punch their ticket to 2004-05.’
        • ‘These are the kinds of things that would punch my ticket to either the Puget Sound or Silicon Valley.’
        • ‘I find it to be a filthy and disgusting act, and ultimately a way for people to punch their ticket for an eternity in hell.’
        • ‘Well, the Democrats finally punched their ticket and surprise, surprise, it's the Johns: Kerry and Edwards.’
        • ‘Folklore did not waffle in her response, delivering a 14-length knockout of six other rivals to punch her ticket to the Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies on Saturday.’
        • ‘At 39, he probably has punched his ticket to Cooperstown with a résumé that includes 2,639 hits, 564 doubles and 1,603 runs.’
  • write one's (own) ticket

    • informal Dictate one's own terms.

      ‘a woman with a PhD in engineering could write her own ticket at any Canadian school’
      • ‘She continues, ‘A minority with the above credentials can write their own ticket.’’
      • ‘They have such awesome purchasing power that they write their own ticket.’
      • ‘He'd been in Recruitment for a while now, everyone in-house knew it was the fast-track, if you did well you could write your own ticket to a good position anywhere.’
      • ‘I believe that you write your own ticket, and that you prepare yourself for the kind of life you want to lead (whether or not you ultimately live up to that, is also your choice).’
      • ‘After a decade of being able to practically write their own ticket, American workers have found they are no longer in the driver's seat.’
      • ‘They are the rare exceptions who were able to write their own ticket!’
      • ‘It will not take artists long to determine that they can write their own ticket in this world and eventually restructure their contracts with their record companies to give them more money per download.’
      • ‘It seems the porky guard's brother-in-law can pull strings on the parole board, and good boxers can write their ticket to an early parole.’
      • ‘I'm hoping to have a good year and write my own ticket, pave my own way next year.’
      • ‘Following his successful career as a stand-up comedian and a stint on Saturday Night Live, Murphy practically wrote his own ticket for success.’

Origin

Early 16th century (in the general senses ‘short written note’ and ‘a licence or permit’): shortening of obsolete French étiquet, from Old French estiquet(te), from estiquier ‘to fix’, from Middle Dutch steken. Compare with etiquette.

Pronunciation

ticket

/ˈtɪkɪt/