[awf-lahy-suh ns, of-]British
- a license permitting the sale of sealed bottles of alcoholic beverages to be taken away from the premises by the purchaser.
- a store having such a license.
- having such a license.
Origin of off-license
First recorded in 1890–95
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Examples from the Web for off-licence
It was when they began in the "off-licence" trade, in the "jug-and-bottle" business, that they ran up against your Henry.
- a shop, or a counter in a pub or hotel, where alcoholic drinks are sold for consumption elsewhereUS equivalents: package store, liquor store
- a licence permitting such sales
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