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free house

noun, British.
a tavern that, having no affiliation or contract with a particular brewery, serves several brands of beer, ale, etc.
Origin of free house
First recorded in 1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It was a free house, and I have always had a partiality for being my own master.

    Here and Hereafter Barry Pain
  • But he wouldn't go, though they guaranteed to put him into a first-class pub—a free house.

  • A brewery will pay almost any sum to secure a free house in such a position.

    'I Believe' and other essays Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • The wages paid sugar plantation workers are from $18 to $26 a month, with free house rent, cooking fuel, and medical attendance.

  • Their support has been made quite ample, having an average salary of a hundred pounds, with a free house.

    The Genius of Scotland

    Robert Turnbull
  • The projecting sign proclaims it to be that now rare thing among inns, a free house.

  • For this work the wages are about thirty-five pounds sterling a year with double rations, a free house, use of cow, &c.

    Missing Friends

    Thorvald Weitemeyer
  • Although his salary was only 40 thalers a year and a free house, Neander joyfully accepted the appointment.

    The Story of Our Hymns

    Ernest Edwin Ryden
British Dictionary definitions for free house

free house

(Brit) a public house not bound to sell only one brewer's products
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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