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nounmass nounAustralian, NZ
The statutory closing of all public bars at 6 p.m., introduced during the First World War and remaining in force until the mid 20th century.‘he remembers with some sadness the abolition of six o'clock closing’
- ‘Such rules were made by the people who brought us six o'clock closing, decreeing that this was the time when a bloke's wife would have dinner on the table so he should go home from the pub.’
- ‘Those were the days of six o'clock closing when the screech of the huge iron cemetery gates could be heard regularly at 6.15 p.m. as they were slammed shut by the sexton on his way home from the pub.’
- ‘I meet friends at interval who are marvelling over the accuracy and honesty of this recreation of the 1960s, from junket for tea to six o'clock closing.’
- ‘Temperance reformers took up the campaign for six o'clock closing of hotel bars after the introduction of early closing of shops.’
- ‘The strange relationship that existed between New Zealand's hotel trade and the police during the days of six o'clock closing is mirrored in the author's relationship with his publican father, in his touching essay, Under the Influence.’
- ‘The main Protestant denominations formally abandoned defence of six o'clock closing during the Victorian Royal Commission on the liquor industry in 1964.’
- ‘"Six o'clock closing has been in since 1948," he said.’
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