from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A card or ticket entitling the holder to a meal or meals.
  • noun Informal A person or thing depended on as a source of financial support.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A ticket or voucher that can be exchanged for food.
  • noun idiomatic Someone or something that provides income or livelihood, especially as an exploited source.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a source of income or livelihood
  • noun coupon redeemable at a restaurant and entitling the holder to a meal


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