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.

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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