(SPIT.tur) n. A machine that dispenses time-stamped tickets in a parking lot. —adj.

Example Citation:
Literally thousands of old and not-so-old items will be auctioned off starting at 10 a.m., everything from a Rudd water heater to 4,300 blue arena seats still bolted to the floor and parking lot ticket spitters to a Pratt Reed spinet piano.
—John Makeig, "Everything in the Coliseum must go," The Houston Chronicle, August 1, 1997

Earliest Citation:
Upon pulling into one of the garage's two street entrances, the driver receives a "spitter" ticket from a machine and the parking gate opens, according to Jack Finnerty, CitiPark International senior vice president and general manager.
—David M. Kinchen, "At CitiCorp Plaza parking structure, automated equipment relieves blockage," Los Angeles Times, September 22, 1985

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