nounBritish • historical
- A document granting certain concessions, especially leave, to a prisoner or convict who had served part of their time: [as modifier]: ticket-of-leave menMore example sentences
- There were only just over three hundred probation and re-convicted men left for whom employment had to be found for the next few years until they got their ticket of leave.
- The ticket of leave was initially a device to reduce the number of convicts on the store.
- Conservative critics bemoaned the pernicious consequences of softhearted penal policies and demanded stricter control of ticket-of-leave men.