shore leave


noun Navy.

permission to spend time ashore, usually 48 hours or more, granted a member of a ship's company.
the time spent ashore during such leave.

Nearby words

  1. shore bird,
  2. shore bug,
  3. shore crab,
  4. shore dinner,
  5. shore fly,
  6. shore patrol,
  7. shore terrace,
  8. shore up,
  9. shore, jane,
  10. shorebird

Origin of shore leave

First recorded in 1905–10

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Examples from the Web for shore leave

  • But, to return, Mulholland answered my request for shore-leave with a soothing smile.

    The Deluge|David Graham Phillips
  • It was not all shore-leave, but there was skittles now and then for the deserving and good-conduct men.

    Pike & Cutlass|George Gibbs
  • We had, all of us, already over-stayed our shore-leave by many hours.

    Tramping on Life|Harry Kemp
  • There is no accounting, ever, for the ways of shore-leave sailor-men.

    Told in the East|Talbot Mundy


British Dictionary definitions for shore leave

shore leave

noun navy

permission to go ashoreCompare liberty (def. 5)
time spent ashore during leave
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