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noun British.
  1. a saloon or barroom, especially a cheap one.
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Origin of grogshop

First recorded in 1765–75; grog + shop
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Historical Examples of grog-shop

  • He has been drinking hard in that Greek's or Italian's grog-shop for three days.

    Lord Jim

    Joseph Conrad

  • He had shuffled off the grog-shop, and fluttered into one of the brightest of Cleveland hotels.

  • She spends her time between the poor-house and the grog-shop.


    Miriam Coles Harris

  • As I was coming home I passed the grog-shop I spoke to you about.

  • Close by Notre Dame, I passed a grog-shop with this sign, verbatim.

British Dictionary definitions for grog-shop


  1. rare a drinking place, esp one of disreputable character
  2. Australian and NZ informal a shop where liquor can be bought for drinking off the premises
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