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(Commerce) Austral and NZ and South African a shop or part of a hotel where alcohol is sold in unopened containers for consumption elsewhere. Also called: bottle store
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noun (Austral. & N.Z.) off-licence (Brit.) liquor store (U.S. & Canad.), bottle store (S. African), package store (U.S. & Canad.), offie or offy (Brit. informal) This place has a better-than-average range of wines for a suburban bottle shop.
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