1. a blow, a punch.
|Man o’ War’s Man (1843) 28: If my own daylights could come over the spalpeens [...] I wouldn’t be after sarving them a ticket or two in the bread-basket.|
2. in lit. senses.
(a) (UK Und.) a ticket of leave, parole; thus ticketer n., a person on parole.
|Morn. Post 18 Dec. 3/3: Terrors of the jug have ceased / [...] / And on tickets we’re released [...] Here’s to Jebb and his leave-tickets / That when a cove a rest has ta’en / [...] / Sets ’em on the loose again.|
|‘Six Years in the Prisons of England’ in Temple Bar Mag. Dec. 80: All healthy and sound prisoners of my age, who had received the same sentence, were about due for their ‘ticket’.|
|Dick Temple I 220: Out on a ticket – leave ticket – conwict – five year.|
|Boy in Bush 249: An’ a lag is a ticketer: one who is out on lease.|
(b) (US) a playing card, as used in three-card monte.
|DA].Westward by Rail 187: The card-dealer calls upon him to return the ‘ticket’ [|
|Forty Years a Gambler 184: He got out his three tickets and began to throw them on the seat.|
|‘Penny Ante’ in Wash. Times 27 Jan. 17: [cartoon] Well, I guess I’ll take two tickets. I’m staying just for the percentage.|
|Sucker’s Progress 54: The operator of the game [i.e. three-card monte] [...] took three playing cards, known in the vernacular as ‘the tickets.’.|
(c) a prescription.
|Sporting Times 18 Mar. 1/5: Why the Mister Funny-cuts that made my ticket out tumbled somehow that I was on in the ballet at the Lane, an’ he goes an’ puts it down that I’m suffering from ‘pantomime poisonin,’ that’s all.|
(d) (UK Und.) probation.
|City Of The World 258: It was after I had done my bit, and was out on the ticket.|
(e) (US, a betting slip; thus Aus.) the bet.
|Bulletin Reciter n.p.: He’s say: ‘She’s worth a ticket,’ / With a leery kinder grin, / And I’d know ’is stuff was on ’er, / And I’d got to try and win.‘Confidential Jockey’ in|
|Kid Scanlon 307: Dan looked like a guy with a ticket on a hundred to one shot, watchin’ it breeze into the stretch leadin’ by a city block.|
|Never Come Morning (1988) 212: Where [...] yesterday’s horse tickets and yesterday’s relief stamps lay.|
(f) (US Und.) a prison sentence.
|in ‘Jargon of the Und.’ in DN V.|
|Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 189: Ticket.– A prison sentence.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
(g) a track record, a history.
|Capricornia (1939) 364: You oughter get even more as a fitter, with your ticket.|
(h) (US prison) a disciplinary record.
|Put on the Spot 35: You get a ticket, but you don’t pay for it.|
|You’re in the Racket, Too 206: I bin on to the C.R.O. again and I got his ticket all ready for you.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|DAUL 223/1: Ticket. 1. (P) A formal report for rule violation; a warning to comply with a rule or be formally reported.et al.|
|Maledicta V:1+2 (Summer + Winter) 266: The prisoner seeks to avoid a ticket, a disciplinary report.|
|Sweet La-La Land (1999) 168: What a good prisoner he’s been [...] Never got any tickets — maybe only a few tickets — for infractions.|
|Other Side of the Wall: Prisoner’s Dict. July [Internet] Ticket: A transfer order; disciplinary report.|
(i) (US prison) a certificate of release.
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
(j) a certificate of demobilization from the armed forces [note WWI Aus. milit. ticket, a discharge from the Army].
|Memoirs of the Forties (1984) 250: He’d been recommended for discharge [...] ‘How’ll you like getting your ticket?’ I asked him.‘Y List’ in|
|Dict. Service Sl. n.p.: got my ticket . . . discharge.|
(k) (UK Und.) an arrest warrant.
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|DAUL 223/1: Ticket. [...] 3. A warrant for one’s arrest.et al.|
|Signs of Crime 204: Ticket Warrant to arrest or search.|
(l) (US) a licence.
|One Lonely Night 76: There’s a ticket for that rod in my wallet.|
|In La-La Land We Trust (1999) 143: ‘I’m private.’ ‘Let me see your ticket.’.|
(m) a pass or passport, whether valid or counterfeit.
|Snatch! 23: A small but select stock of tickets – Ziggy sold only the best, no London-issued Lithuanians for him [OED].|
|(con. 1850s)Flashman at the Charge 164: Russia – where everyone has to show his damned ticket every few miles.|
(n) (US black) a lottery ticket, usu. in pl.
|Ebonics Primer at www.dolemite.com [Internet] tickets Definition: slang for the Lottery Example: As soon as I pick the right tickets yo, I’m buying me every copy of the Jerry Springer Show.|
3. in fig. use, as an ideal [? SE winning ticket or Fr. etiquette (suggested by Hotten, 1867) ].
(a) the right, proper, best or fashionable thing to do; esp. as that’s the ticket!
|implied in that’s the ticket!|
|Natural History of the Gent 17: The Gents usually speak of their get-up as the ticket.|
|Young Tom Hall (1926) 82: Tom, having taken a good front view, side view and back view of himself in the glass, receiving the assurance of Corns that he was quite ‘the ticket’.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 19 Nov. 2/2: Having condescended to inform us that it was ‘the ticket and no mistake’.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 20 Apr. 3/2: Mr Pugh politely stating that cash was the ‘ticket’.|
|(con. 1920s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 516: She was his, laying only for him, and oh, Goddamn it, this was the real ticket.Judgement Day in|
|(con. 1923) Mad in Pursuit 78: You come up here at night like a fox, because you like to – because it’s furtive and quiet – and that’s your ticket. That’s you.|
|Carlito’s Way 120: I figured this was the ticket.|
|Campus Sl. Mar. 9: ticket – something very desirable [...] ‘My family is flying to Europe over Spring Break.’ ‘Ticket!’.|
|I, Fatty 202: You want to get zombified, jailhouse hooch is your ticket.|
(b) the task in hand, the relevant procedure.
|(con. 1840s–50s) London Labour and London Poor II 375/2: That’s just the ticket of it.|
|Sporting Times 11 June 1/4: In this ‘home sweet’ I am pulling all the strings, / And the ticket is, ‘I rule, and you — get out!’.‘A Disciple of Roosevelt’|
|Stand (1990) 1347: Slow and easy does it [...] That’s the ticket.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 166: You wanna fly high in d’ sky? O.C. got d’ ticket for you.|
4. the facts, the truth [? Fr. etiquette (suggested by Hotten, 1867) or SE ticket, a bill or invoice].
|Sam Slick’s Wise Saws I 119: Oh, that’s the ticket, is it?|
|Hookey 87: Ain’t that the ticket – pretty near it? Eh?|
5. a person (as used esp. by a mod n.2 (1) in the early 1960s).
|Shipbuilders (1954) 26: ‘Ye dirty wee ticket!’ she snarled at the infant.|
|‘I’m the Face’ [lyrics] I’m the face if you want it, dear, / All the others are third class tickets by me baby, is that clear.|
|‘Sea and Sand’ [lyrics] on Quadrophrenia [album] So how come the other tickets look much better? / Without a penny to spend they dress to the letter.|
6. (Aus. drugs) a single dose of LSD, dripped onto a small piece of absorbent paper; also attrib. [resemblance to a SE ticket or sense 3, i.e. its positive effects; note Beatles title ‘Ticket To Ride’].
|Drugs from A to Z (1970).|
|Underground Dict. (1972).|
|Aus. Prison Sl. Gloss. [Internet] Ticket lolly. Lysergic acid available in tabs of blotting paper.|
7. (US) the ideal person [? SE winning ticket].
|Corner (1998) 123: A corner warrior come in from the cold, House seemed the ticket.|
8. (Irish) an amusing person, an eccentric [abbr. hard ticket under hard adj.].
|Butcher Boy (1993) 15: Dear dear aren’t you a ticket Francie? they said.|
9. (US black / drugs) $1,000,000, thus half a ticket, $500,000.
|Urban Dict. 31 Mar. [Internet] o man I just spent a ticket on this house.|
|‘What You Say’ [lyrics] One time I re’d up with a half a ticket / Nigga fucked my order up, bout a half a chicken.|
(US) a ticket tout.
|N.Y. Mercury in (1909) 245/2: Innocent people regard the high rates announced by the managers as final, and only discover at the entrance that the advertised price for seats is a ruse to lure them to the merciful treatment of middle men, called ticket-skinners, who, having temporary possession of nearly all the tickets, exact just what they please for a seat.|
|Dial 47 104: We are not quite so sure about ‘Ticket-skinner,’' said to hail from New York; it may be as expressive as ‘Ticket scalper,’ but we have never heard it used on this side of the ocean.|
1. (also get one’s ticket) to die.
|Working Class Stories of the 1890s (1971) 125: He’s got his ticket [...] an’ he ain’t had long to wait for it. Jolly little chap, though, he was.‘At the Dock Gates’ in Keating|
|Bad Chili 201: I didn’t even know he knew you two until, after Horse bought his ticket.|
2. to trust, to tolerate, to accept someone’s statements.
|Carlito’s Way 73: He wasn’t buying no tickets off’n me. He looked at me like I was the devil himself.|
3. to call someone’s bluff.
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 3: I’m gonna buy his ticket, for sure!|
to murder, to assassinate.
|Hard Candy (1990) 95: Anytime we wanted, Max would cancel the undertaker’s ticket.|
|posting 3 Apr. at Packing.org [Internet] [referring to Joseph Wambaugh] The ex LAPD detective turned writer (The Blue Knight, New Centurions, Choir Boys) created a character Bumper Morgan. He was a training officer and told his rookie ‘If he (BG) uses his fist use your stick, if he uses a knife use your gun – cancel his ticket right there and then.’.|
(Aus.) to gain admission to a sporting event or other entertainment without paying.
|Popular Dict. Aus. Sl.|
|My Luck was In 15: A friend and I climbed the foundation pillars from the sands and got in with a sparrow’s ticket.|
|I Travelled a Lonely Land (1957) 239/2: sparrow’s ticket – no ticket. get in on a sparrow’s ticket – crawl through a hole in the fence or sneak in.|
to have good luck, to be successful.
|Psmith in the City (1993) 138: You have drawn a good ticket, Comrade Gregory.|
to enjoy oneself, usu. in a sexual context.
|[perf. Marie Lloyd] What did she know about railways [lyrics] But when she got to the wicket there / Someone wanted to punch her ticket / The guards and porters came round by the score / And she told them all she’d never had her ticket punched before.|
|Viva La Madness 330: Too busy thinking about flash clobber, wet pussy and getting his ticket punched down the Monarch [Club].|
(Aus.) to be very fond of someone; thus have tickets on oneself, to be vain, to be conceited; thus put tickets on, to trust, to depend on.
|Wanganui Herald (NZ) 4 Dec. 4: On the other hand, it is impossible to find a more suitable Minister among the North Island representatives. Therefore, to use a colloquialism, I have ‘tickets’ on the member for Masterton.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 14 May 4/7: Of battles we’ve read quite enough, / On war on this sphere we’ve no tickets.|
|Sun (Kalgoorlie, WA) 2 Aug. 1/1: They Say [...] That an Arrow magpie has tickets on a local lolly-legged ganger.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 10 Dec. 14/1: Go slow on the other chaps, Kiddie, / Just wait till I get my V.C. / But I swear from the last night you kissed me / One girl has got tickets on me!|
|Working Bullocks 206: ‘Never had tickets on Red Burke,’ Bob Connolly confided.|
|Battlers 20: ‘Arr,’ the busker said disgustedly, ‘you’ve got tickets all over yourself.’.|
|(con. 1936–46) Winged Seeds (1984) 368: But I’ve had tickets on Rosy Ann since she was a barmaid at the Reward in the early days.|
|Come in Spinner (1960) 38: If people have got any tickets on themselves, Blue don’t get nowhere with them.|
|I’m a Jack, All Right 83: That sheila is acting as though she’s got tickets on you.|
|Aussie Swearers Guide 26: Big Noter. Thje big note the Big Noter sounds is on his own glorfication [...] In basic Australian, he’s got tickets on himself.|
|Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 113/1: tickets on oneself, have to be conceited.|
|Human Torpedo 79: What’s the difference between believing in yourself and having tickets on yourself.|
|Chopper From The Inside 108: Many of the Italian gangsters around town have big tickets on themselves.|
|Llama Parlour 23: Like all good-looking blokes he had tickets.|
|www.thepantsman.com [Internet] It’s hard to describe without sounding like I’ve got tickets on myself, you just had to be there.|
|Thrill City [ebook] ‘She probably won‘t even know you’ve gone.’ Maybe I had tickets on myself, but I doubted that.|
perfect, ideal, exactly as desired and required.
|Wilson's Tales of the Borders 21 Feb. 125/1: ‘Capital!’cried two or three of the conclave; ‘that’s just the ticket, Ned!’ ‘Nonsense!’ interrupted Harry, ‘it’s nae such thing’.|
|‘Uncle Sam’s Peculiarities’ in Bentley’s Misc. IV 41: Yes, two to one is just the ticket for us.|
|Mr Sponge’s Sporting Tour 8: To a young beman, you know, it’s well to have ’em [i.e. horses for sale] smart, and the ticket.|
|Six Days in the Metropolis 73: That’ll do. It’s just the ticket.|
|‘The Water-Spout’ in Rakish Rhymer (1917) 74: A country bumpkin, Bob by name, / Seemed just the very ticket.|
|Illus. Police News 22 June 12/1: ‘Tanner a head [...] to hear the converted cracksman preach [...] That’s the ticket’.Shadows of the Night in|
|Dock Rats of N.Y. (2006) 54: ‘If you want to take a rake in with us you’re welcome.’ ‘That’s just the ticket for me!’ answered Spencer Vance.|
|Coll. Stories (1990) 8: ‘This will be just the ticket for you,’ he purred smoothly.‘Headwaiter’ in|
|For the Rest of Our Lives 99: ‘Well, boss, how do you like being an invader?’ ‘She’s just the job, Shorty.’.|
|letter 23 Jan. in Leader (2000) 420: His earlier stuff struck me as a bit dried-up, but more recently I’ve seen a couple of things that seem just the job.|
|Picture Post (ad for Pepsodent) 23 July 27: A busy travel agent’s day is fully booked. He can’t brush his teeth after lunch – so Pepsodent is just the ticket.|
|Ruling Class I vi: Is that tea? Just the job, Tucker.|
|Only Fools and Horses [TV script] I think that sounds just the ticket Miranda.‘Yesterday Never Comes’|
|Beano Comic Library No. 121 65: Well done, Gnasher! Just the job!|
|(con. 1940s) One Bright Child 152: It took me about five minutes to decide that you were just the ticket.|
|Indep. Mag. 11 Sept. 48: A hot cup of cocoa could be just the ticket.|
physically or more usu. mentally ‘below par’.
|Newcomes I 66: She’s very handsome and she’s very finely dressed, only somehow she’s not – she’s not the ticket.|
|‘My Wife She Wasn’t The Ticket ’ Jolly Old Boys Comic Song Book 335: [song title].|
|DSUE (8th edn) 1229: [...] C.20.|
(US Und.) a life sentence.
|Argot: Dict. of Und. Sl.|
(US) a private detective.
|In La-La Land We Trust (1999) 141: I’m a private ticket from L.A. looking into a killing that might have started here.|
(US prison) a rules violation notice for inappropriate behaviour in the visiting room.
|Other Side of the Wall: Prisoner’s Dict. July [Internet] Speeding Ticket: A rules violation notice for inappropriate behavior in the visiting room, such as kissing or touching.|
|Daily News 27 Oct. in (1909) 245/2: The expression, ‘ Ticket o’ leave’, is probably the invention of the criminal intellect, which, as everybody knows, delights in giving utterance to its own ideas in its own peculiar way.|
(US prison) a minor disciplinary offence.
|Other Side of the Wall: Prisoner’s Dict. July [Internet] Traffic Ticket: Minor disciplinary offense.|
(US tramp) a notched board cut to fit on the iron bars that support a passenger coach and which can thus be used to support a tramp.
|Western Avernus (1924) 185: The ‘universal ticket,’ a board with notches in it to fit on the iron stays under the passenger coaches.|
1. (US) a notice of dismissal.
|Nothing 70: If you play the fool any more, blow me, if I don’t give you a walking ticket, as we used to say at college.|
|in Tarheel Talk (1956) 124: I heard . . . she had given Henry a walking ticket.|
|Col. Crockett’s Tour to North and Down East 30: In a few hours he got his walking ticket that his services were no longer wanted.|
|Clockmaker III 73: These asses of travellers will get a walkin’ ticket, and men of sense will take their place.|
|Widow Bedott Papers (1883) 30: He’s got his walkin’ ticket now – I hope he’ll lemme alone in futur.|
|Nature and Human Nature I 220: He must tell unpleasant truths, and then he gets his walkin’ ticket.|
|Sons O’ Men 80: Reckon that fancy cutter ’ll git ’is walkin’-ticket over it.|
|(con. 1940s) Last Blue Sea 163: I got meself a walking ticket.|
|Outcasts of Foolgarah (1975) 68: This strike isn’t over me and Tich here getting our walking tickets.|
2. (Aus./US prison) an official notice to inform a prisoner that they have finished their sentence.
|Call Me When the Cross Turns Over (1958) 253: I don’t know what I’ll turn out like when they give me my walking ticket.|
see where did you get your licence? under licence n.
to malinger, to escape onerous duties by shamming illness or similar unsuitability.
|Sl. & Its Analogues.|
|God & Our Soldiers 33: When a man is ‘fed up’ with ‘soldiering’ he sometimes decides to ‘work his ticket,’ get his discharge. Perhaps he tries the hospital first. If you eat a certain quantity of Sunlight soap it sets up disorderly action of the heart.|
|(con. 1916) Her Privates We (1986) 24: ’E’s due for ’is pension, and ’e’s tryin’ to work ’is ticket.|
|(con. 1914–18) Songs and Sl. of the British Soldier.|
|Reported Safe Arrival 62: Blokes workin’ their tickets summin’ shameless, an’ the ole Sky-Artist a-fallin’ fer it every time.|
|Tramp at Anchor 155: To work a ticket south, to reach the Isle of Wight, was almost impossible.|
|(con. 1940s) Confessions 105: ’Twas the only thing that I could do | To work me ticket home to you | And leave the British Army.|
|(con. WW2) Heart of Oak [ebook] He [...] had gone barmy. ‘Either that or he was working his ticket,’ as Slinger Woods put it. ‘Anyway, they carted him off to the funny farm’.|
to be able to stipulate one’s own conditions, to be in an advantageous position.
|Tales of the Ex-Tanks 223: You could write your own ticket on the rest.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 10 Dec. 25/3: Next day was a snorter. ’Bout 112 in the shade an’ write yer own ticket in the sun.|
|Nightmare Town (2001) 67: I’ll let him write his own ticket. If he wants to see me, he knows the way. It’s up to him.‘Ruffian’s Wife’ in|
|Gangster Girl 31: You don’t want a menu — write your ticket.|
|Really the Blues 263: If we went over, we could maybe write our own ticket about the personnel.|
|Cast the First Stone 21: A colored girl who plays her cards right and isn’t too bad-looking can practically write her own tickets with them [i.e. white men].|
|Yes We have No 278: Anyone that [...] has a bit of nerve, they can write their own ticket.|
just what is wanted, the ideal thing; occas. as that’s the ticket for soup.
|Finish to the Adventures of Tom and Jerry (1889) 104: That’s the ticket!|
|‘Conger Nell & the Clerkenwell Porkman’ in Rummy Cove’s Delight in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) III 96: O, she got a ‘ticket for soup’, / For she got by him a baby .|
|‘Catalani Joe’ Dublin Comic Songster 67: My wife she is a wonder quite; / I cannot love another; / That’s the ticket; take a sight.|
|Handley Cross (1854) 249: These [i.e. smart phrases], and sich as these, are your tickets for soup.|
|Swell’s Night Guide 134/1: That’s the ticket just the thing.|
|Fashion II i: Enough said! That’s the ticket!|
|Adventures of Mr Verdant Green (1982) I 80: Genelum anladies (cheers) — I meangenelum (‘That’s about the ticket, old feller!’).|
|Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. (2nd edn) 236: This phrase is sometimes extended into ‘that’s the ticket for soup,’ in allusion to the card given to beggars for immediate relief at soup kitchens.|
|Inquirer (Perth, WA) 28 Nov. 3/6: Betting slang — we read Bell’s Life: / That’s the ticket for a wife.|
|Scenes in the Studio in Darkey Drama 1 I: Now, dat’s de ticket!|
|Little Ragamuffin 200: That’s the ticket; that’s warm and comfortable.|
|Sl. Dict. 322: Ticket ‘that’s the ticket,’ i.e., what was wanted, or what is best. Corruption of ‘that’s etiquette,’ or, perhaps, from ticket, a bill or invoice.|
|New Ulm Wkly (MN) 25 Sept. 6/2: That’s the ticket [...] You’re a trump.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 12 Mar. 4/1: The Inverell Times has an essay (original) on pawnbrokers. That’s the ticket.|
|‘’Arry on Song and Sentiment’ in Punch 14 Nov. 229/1: That’s Life, and that’s Music ’All Song, mate, and that’s the true ticket for ’Arry.|
|Wops the Waif 3/1: That’s jist the very ticket, that’s jist what I’ll do.|
|Tom Sawyer, Detective Ch. IV: He said that’s the ticket.|
|Marvel XIV:357 13: You’re footpads, that’s the ticket! Ye sha’n’t pass!|
|Maison De Shine 280: Make ’em come in, that’s the ticket.|
|Illus. Police News 13 Aug. 12/4: ‘I’m off, leg bail for me! That’s the ticket for soup this time’.Tragedy of the White House in|
|My Lady of the Chimney Corner 24: That’s th’ ticket, now kape yez eye on him!|
|Hairy Ape Act I: Whiskey, that’s the ticket!|
|Flirt and Flapper 122: Flirt: And if you married Bruce, you would have to give up your hunt [...] Flapper: That’s about the ticket.|
|At Swim-Two-Birds 121: That’s the ticket, said Lamont.|
|Battlers 20: That’s the ticket! Make up my own songs. Sing ’em round picture-shows, got up in a cowboy suit.|
|Bagombo Snuff Box (1999) 41: ‘I’m treating them just like Hellbrunners,’ she said craftily. ‘That’s the ticket.’.‘Any Reasonable Offer’ in|
|Young Wolves 25: Good boy! Manager! That’s the ticket, old toppie.|
|Proud Highway (1997) 327: If you can’t buy them, squash them. That’s the ticket.letter 13 Mar. in|
|Ten Times Table II ii: donald: Like this? tim: That’s the ticket.|
|(con. 1940s) Second From Last in the Sack Race 40: Travelling light, eh? That’s the ticket.|
|Filth 27: Good thinking, Bruce. That’s the ticket.|
|Dreamcatcher 69: I’ll lie down. That’s the ticket, all right.|