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or off-li·cence

[awf-lahy-suh ns, of-]British
  1. a license permitting the sale of sealed bottles of alcoholic beverages to be taken away from the premises by the purchaser.
  2. a store having such a license.
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  1. having such a license.
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Origin of off-license

First recorded in 1890–95
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Historical Examples of off-licence

  • It was when they began in the "off-licence" trade, in the "jug-and-bottle" business, that they ran up against your Henry.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 159, September 29th, 1920


British Dictionary definitions for off-licence


noun British
  1. a shop, or a counter in a pub or hotel, where alcoholic drinks are sold for consumption elsewhereUS equivalents: package store, liquor store
  2. a licence permitting such sales
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