Definition of way-ticket in US English:

way-ticket

noun

historical
  • 1A ticket for travel on a train, coach, boat, etc.; (US) specifically one for travel to a way station or as a way passenger.

  • 2British. A pass issued by a Poor Law union to a destitute person in search of work so as to distinguish him or her from a vagrant or beggar.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Foreign Monthly Review. From way + ticket.

Pronunciation

way-ticket

/ˈweɪˌtɪkɪt/