tavern keeper

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Noun1.tavern keeper - the keeper of a public house
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
barkeep, barkeeper, barman, bartender, mixologist - an employee who mixes and serves alcoholic drinks at a bar
tapper, tapster - a tavern keeper who taps kegs or casks
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The publican was fighting one of the smiths at the door, and when the workmen came out the smith, wrenching himself free from the tavern keeper, fell face downward on the pavement.
Nor was it possible to warm him, when he did come out, by means of a glass of brandy: for in Indian villages, the legislature, with a very good and wise intention, forbids the sale of spirits by tavern keepers. The precaution, however, is quite inefficacious, for the Indians never fail to procure liquor of a worse kind, at a dearer price, from travelling pedlars.
Six spies who were enlisted in the "Culper" spy ring as desired by George Washington--a Quaker merchant, a tavern keeper, a longshoreman, a Long Island bachelor, a coffeehouse owner, and a mysterious woman--may have saved the infant United States' war for independence from the mighty British Empire.
The name, by the way, is courtesy of Robert Burns's Poosie Nancie (a tavern keeper's wife) and forever etched into lore as the character who brings in the haggis on annual Burns night celebrations.
At the behest of the Earl of Lincoln, the friar spirits Lambert away (after buying him from the tavern keeper) so he can train the boy to become--or at least pass for--royalty.
The sky has never seen such a moon, not even in its dreams, No water could ever extinguish the fire of its light, Look at my body, and look at my soul From his cup of love, my soul is drunk, my body ruined The tavern keeper became my hearts companion Love turned my blood into wine, and burned my heart As my eyes fill with the image of his face, a voice resounds, "Well done, cup.
The author covers RushtonAEs working life as a sailor, tavern keeper, newspaper editor and bookshop owner during the politically turbulent 1790s.
The only person ever convicted in this fire was the tavern keeper, who was charged with grave robbing.
William Roscoe was the son of a Mount Pleasant tavern keeper, leaving school at the age of 12.
The first postmaster in town was Thaddeus Laughlin, a pioneer tavern keeper who began his duties in 1808, only six years after the town was founded.
Replacing the former old-fashioned tavern keeper on the label [who bears a passing resemblance to co-founder Ed Stebbins] is a stylized contemporary scene in Gritty's pub.