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Work ones ticket

Posted by David FG on April 02, 2008 at 05:03:

In Reply to: Work ones ticket posted by Lisa Hurley on March 30, 2008 at 14:55:

: Where does the phrase 'to work ones ticket' meaning to be naughty or difficult come from?

: I have never heard it used like that. As far as I am aware, 'to work one's ticket' applies to an enlisted soldier, and means to obtain discharge before the agreed length of service has been reached.

I find it difficult to see how that could come to mean being naughty or difficult.