- 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
We had, all of us, already over-stayed our shore-leave by many hours.Tramping on Life
There is no accounting, ever, for the ways of shore-leave sailor-men.Told in the East
It was not all shore-leave, but there was skittles now and then for the deserving and good-conduct men.Pike & Cutlass
- permission to go ashoreCompare liberty (def. 5)
- time spent ashore during leave
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