bar; barroom; saloon.

Origin of dramshop

First recorded in 1715–25; dram + shop
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Examples from the Web for dramshop

Historical Examples of dramshop

  • From an unfinished house on the Varvarka, the ground floor of which was a dramshop, came drunken shouts and songs.

    War and Peace

    Leo Tolstoy

  • “To-day each man is struggling to get at the pharaoh, as he might at the keeper of a dramshop,” muttered the adjutant.

    The Pharaoh and the Priest

    Alexander Glovatski

  • The tavern of sixty years ago, besides answering the purposes of the modern hotel, was the dramshop of the frontier.

  • Another time, but that was when he was barely seventeen years of age, he fought in the dramshop with soldiers on furlough.


    Henryk Sienkiewicz

  • In the dramshop, too, Repa was first in everything: he loved sivuha; and he was quick at fighting when he had drunk anything.


    Henryk Sienkiewicz