food stamp
noun Date: 1940 a government-issued coupon that is sold or given to low-income persons and is redeemable for food

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  • food stamp — UK / US or food coupon UK / US noun [countable] Word forms food stamp : singular food stamp plural food stamps American a small piece of paper that is used to buy food, given to poor people by the US government • See: food coupon …   English dictionary

  • food stamp — ➔ stamp1 * * * food stamp UK US noun [C] US GOVERNMENT ► a small paper that is given by the US government to poor people and that can be used to buy food: »More than 200,000 retailers are authorized to accept food stamps for groceries …   Financial and business terms

  • food stamp — food ,stamp or food ,coupon noun count AMERICAN a small piece of paper that is used to buy food, given to poor people by the U.S. government: go on food stamps (=receive them from the government): When my father lost his job, we had to go on food …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • food stamp — also food coupon n an official piece of paper that the US government gives to poor people so they can buy food …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • food stamp — food′ stamp n. cvb gov a coupon sold or given under a federal program to eligible needy persons and redeemable for food at designated stores or markets. Also called food′ cou pon • Etymology: 1935–40 …   From formal English to slang

  • food stamp — ☆ food stamp n. any of the federal coupons given to qualifying low income persons for use in buying food …   English World dictionary

  • food stamp — noun a government issued stamp that can be used in exchange for food • Hypernyms: ↑tender, ↑legal tender, ↑stamp * * * noun : a government issued stamp that is sold at little cost or given to low income persons and is redeemable for food * * *… …   Useful english dictionary

  • food stamp — food stamps N COUNT: usu pl In the United States, food stamps are official vouchers that are given to people with low incomes to be exchanged for food …   English dictionary

  • food stamp — noun A stamp or similar paper document (e.g. coupon) issued to be exchanged in shops or storage facilities for food, or (by extension) for other essential provisions, notably in a rationing system or as a non financial form of welfare benefit The …   Wiktionary

  • food stamp — any of the coupons sold or given under a federal program to eligible needy persons and redeemable for food at designated grocery stores or markets. Also called food coupon. [1935 40] * * * …   Universalium

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