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A document granting certain concessions, especially leave, to a prisoner or convict who had served part of their time.[as modifier] ‘ticket-of-leave men’
- ‘After 19 years on the chain gang, Jean Valjean finds that the ticket-of-leave he must display condemns him to be an outcast.’
- ‘Once freed, ex-cons were expected to check in their ticket of leave at the tradesman's entrance and work for their betters.’
- ‘There were only just over three hundred probation and re-convicted men left for whom employment had to be found for the next few years until they got their ticket of leave.’
- ‘The ticket of leave was initially a device to reduce the number of convicts on the store.’
- ‘Conservative critics bemoaned the pernicious consequences of softhearted penal policies and demanded stricter control of ticket-of-leave men.’
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