tick·et / ˈtikit/ • n. 1. a piece of paper or small card that gives the holder a certain right, esp. to enter a place, travel by public transport, or participate in an event: admission is by ticket only. ∎ (ticket to/out of) a method of getting into or out of (a specified state or situation): drugs are seen as the only ticket out of poverty companies that appeared to have a one-way ticket to profitability.2. a certificate or warrant, in particular: ∎ an official notice of a traffic offense. ∎ a certificate of qualification as a ship's master, pilot, or other crew member.3. a label attached to a retail product, giving its price, size, and other details.4. [in sing.] a list of candidates put forward by a party in an election: his presence on the Republican ticket. ∎ a set of principles or policies supported by a party in an election: he stood for office on a strong right-wing, no-nonsense ticket.5. (the ticket) inf., dated the desirable or correct thing: a wet spring would be just the ticket for the garden.• v. (-et·ed, -et·ing) [tr.] 1. issue (someone) with an official notice of a traffic or other offense: park illegally and you are likely to be ticketed.2. (be ticketed) (of a passenger) be issued with a travel ticket: passengers can now get electronically ticketed. ∎ be destined or heading for a specified state or position: they were sure that Downing was ticketed for greatness.3. (be ticketed) (of a retail product) be marked with a label giving its price, size, and other details.PHRASES: punch one's ticket inf. deliberately undertake particular assignments that are likely to lead to promotion at work.write one's (own) ticket inf. dictate one's own terms.
Hence vb. XVII.