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A stake or post set up as the sign for a public house or tavern, originally having a branch or bunch of leaves attached, later supporting the signboard. Occasionally also (by metonymy): a public house or tavern. Also figurative. Compare alebush ale-pole Now chiefly historical.
Late Middle English. From ale + stake.
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