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local option



a right of choice exercised by a minor political division, as a county, especially as to allowing the sale of liquor.


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Nearby words

local loan, local maximum, local mean time, local meridian, local minimum, local option, local oscillator, local preacher, local reaction, local sign, local stamp

Origin of local option

First recorded in 1875–80 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for local option

  • To learn how true a statement this is you must read, not the comic weeklies, but the official returns of local-option elections.

    Old Judge Priest|Irvin S. Cobb

British Dictionary definitions for local option

local option


(esp in Scotland, New Zealand, and the US) the privilege of a municipality, county, etc, to determine by referendum whether a particular activity, esp the sale of liquor, shall be permitted there
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