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free house

noun, British
a tavern that, having no affiliation or contract with a particular brewery, serves several brands of beer, ale, etc.
Origin of free house
1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The poor child was so unhappy at being a slave and no doubt had first seen the light in a free-house.

    Homo Sum, Complete Georg Ebers
British Dictionary definitions for free-house

free house

(Brit) a public house not bound to sell only one brewer's products
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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