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It was five minutes to four when she purchased her ticket to New York.

What if he should get into a train without a ticket, or send a guard to procure one for him?

Of course, he was going, but the perplexing thing was, what to do with that other ticket.

He breakfasted at Mrs. McKee's, and was initiated into the mystery of the ticket punch.

If you miss any meals, your ticket is good until it is punched.

I suppose it was to save me the expense of buying a ticket for it.

This was the last I had seen of my ticket, and almost the last I had thought of my pension.

When I sell a ticket to Shoshone, I'm the ticket agent, and nothing else.

Hamish he saw first, as he was turning away from getting his ticket.

When they reached the station he found a seat for her and went to buy her ticket.


1520s, "short note or document," from a shortened form of Middle French etiquet "label, note," from Old French estiquette "a little note" (late 14c.), especially one affixed to a gate or wall as a public notice, from estiquer "to affix, stick on, attach," from Frankish *stikkan, cognate with Old English stician "to pierce" (see stick (v.)).

Meaning "card or piece of paper that gives its holder a right or privilege" is first recorded 1670s, probably developing from the sense of "certificate, license, permit." The political sense of "list of candidates put forward by a faction" has been used in American English since 1711. Meaning "official notification of offense" is from 1930; parking ticket first attested 1947. Big ticket item is from 1970. Slang the ticket "just the thing, what is expected" is recorded from 1838, perhaps with notion of a winning lottery ticket.



nouncandidates from political party
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.