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free house

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noun British.
  1. a tavern that, having no affiliation or contract with a particular brewery, serves several brands of beer, ale, etc.
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Origin of free house

First recorded in 1855–60
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  • The poor child was so unhappy at being a slave and no doubt had first seen the light in a free-house.

    Homo Sum, Complete

    Georg Ebers


British Dictionary definitions for free house

free house

noun
  1. British a public house not bound to sell only one brewer's products
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