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local option

noun
  1. 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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Origin of local option

First recorded in 1875–80
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Historical Examples of 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
  1. (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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