One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Foreign Monthly Review. From way + ticket.
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