ticket of leave

or tick·et-of-leave

noun, plural tickets of leave. British.
  1. (formerly) a permit allowing a convict to leave prison, under certain restrictions, and go to work before having served a full term, somewhat similar to a certificate of parole.

Origin of ticket of leave

First recorded in 1725–35
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ticket of leave

noun
  1. (formerly in Britain) a permit allowing a convict (ticket-of-leave man) to leave prison, after serving only part of his sentence, with certain restrictions placed on him
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