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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Historical Examples of free house
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
British a public house not bound to sell only one brewer's products
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