That's the Ticket

That's the right thing to do; generally supposed to be a corruption of “That's the etiquette,” or proper mode of procedure, according to the programme; but the expanded phrase “That's the ticket for soup” seems to allude to the custom of showing a ticket in order to obtain a basin of soup given in charity.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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