Definition of bus pass in English:

bus pass


  • 1A card, ticket, or permit entitling the holder to travel by bus, typically for a particular period of time or within a particular area.

    ‘get your bus pass out or you can walk up the hill’
    • ‘He got away with £50 cash, a bus pass and other cards.’
    • ‘Many major universities currently have bus passes woven into the student fees.’
    • ‘The children of Ambleside receive a bus pass, and that's safer than using the cycle path.’
    • ‘For a fraction of the costs of a bus pass, students will get unlimited access to transit.’
    • ‘I prefer to go by bus so I can use my bus pass.’
    • ‘The bus came and the two of them entered and presented their bus passes.’
    • ‘Even the $63 per month bus pass must be an extra stretch to an already strained budget.’
    • ‘At the bus stop she had dropped her bus pass.’
    • ‘If you have a bus pass you travel free of charge.’
    • ‘I can't afford to come out here alone without the free bus passes and I won't be able to attend school out here.’
    1. 1.1(in the UK) a permit enabling people receiving the retirement pension to travel by bus free of charge (sometimes used humorously to suggest that a person is getting old)
      ‘he's almost ready to collect his bus pass, but he's lost none of his boyish charm’
      • ‘They will not be permitted to cast their votes unless they can produce one of only three types of ID: a pensioner's bus pass, a passport, or a driving licence.’
      • ‘She's this week's birthday girl, now qualified for her bus pass.’
      • ‘He qualifies for a bus pass.’
      • ‘The original British rock'n'roller may, as of yesterday, be eligible for a bus pass, but he's not quite ready to swap his guitar for a seed-drill.’
      • ‘At the age of 58, she is two years short of collecting her bus pass – yet she's just given birth to her third child.’
      • ‘You never hear about them unless they're having trouble paying for heating bills in winter or getting free bus passes.’
      • ‘In England, you qualify for a senior citizen bus pass at age 65.’
      • ‘They may stop throwing you their knickers and start throwing bus passes.’
      • ‘I went along to Gala bingo to check out the manager's claims, and to see if I would be the only person there without a bus pass.’
      • ‘As I inch towards senior citizenhood – with the bus pass almost within my trembling grasp – I feel less and less inclined to go anywhere.’
      • ‘I didn't want to talk about pensions and bus passes.’
      • ‘The 11-year-old horse is, by the standards of Flat racing, ready to collect his bus pass after more than 80 races.’
      • ‘He certainly did not look like a man thinking about a bus pass.’
      • ‘Sir Georg Solti embarked on his 22-year reign with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at an age when lesser mortals were queuing for their free bus passes.’
      • ‘He's 62, not yet qualified for his bus pass but only three years shy.’