local option


noun

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

Origin of local option

First recorded in 1875–80
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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

noun

(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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