off-sales, noun

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British EnglishShow more Adaptation of British English off-sale the sale of alcoholic liquors for consumption elsewhere than at the place of sale.
A retail outlet attached to, or owned by, an hotel, where liquor is sold by the bottle, for consumption off the premises; also called bottle store.
1970 S.E. Natham Informant, Cape TownOff-sales. Retail liquor store attached to a hotel.
1972 E. Prov. Herald 18 Feb. 17Liquor sales both in the bars and the off-sales had dropped compared with last year.
1976 Sunday Times 10 Oct. 4He’s stoned out of his skull on cheap muscadel and his friends are vainly trying to drag him away from the off-sales before there’s trouble.
1987 L. Venter in Frontline Oct. 18Stopping at an off-sales in Greylingstad, they walked in on the ‘white’ side of the partition that separated customers served from the same counter.
A retail outlet attached to, or owned by, an hotel, where liquor is sold by the bottle, for consumption off the premises; also called bottle store.

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