Definition of off-licence in English:

off-licence

noun

British
  • 1A store selling alcoholic beverages for consumption elsewhere.

    • ‘The number of wine shops and off-licences have exploded hand in hand with the consumer's love affair with wine.’
    • ‘But the owners of off-licences insisted they only sold alcohol to adults and were ‘powerless to stop them passing it on to minors.’’
    • ‘Police are urging off-licences and traders selling alcohol to log the number of refusals and report offending adults.’
    • ‘Almost £3.1bn worth of wine was bought from shops and off-licences in the year to February 2003, compared with around £1.3bn in 1992.’
    • ‘I went shopping at my local off-licence recently and bought six Aussie brands at an average price of £6.65.’
    • ‘He said only people aged 18 or over should be allowed to sell alcohol in off-licences, supermarkets and pubs.’
    • ‘Southend stores and off-licences are freely selling alcohol, tobacco and fireworks to underage youngsters, an investigation has revealed.’
    • ‘I have no problem with adults out having a social drink, where I do have the problem is when people buy alcohol from off-licences and drink in groups around the town.’
    • ‘Airports and supermarket off-licences already serve alcohol around the clock.’
    • ‘His accomplice tried unsuccessfully to open the till at the off-licence and grocery shop in Wood Green, north London.’
    • ‘Police say they will be running a number of operations over the next few weeks to target under-age drinkers and also make sure off-licences are not selling alcohol to people under age.’
    • ‘In all, police visited 13 shops and only one off-licence sold the youngster drink.’
    • ‘A similar appeal has been made to off-licences and other shops selling alcohol, in a letter which has even gone to pubs as much as five miles away from the football stadium.’
    • ‘Febvre supplies wine to shops, supermarkets, off-licences, restaurants, hotels and pubs.’
    • ‘Both these leading wine shops are also off-licences - that is, legally entitled to sell beer and spirits as well as wine.’
    • ‘In the past year, Irish police have adopted a tougher approach to pubs and off-licences that sell drink to teens.’
    • ‘He had already been drinking before he arrived with a bottle of vodka and he and his companion went to an off-licence for more drink around 6.30 pm.’
    • ‘I knew Bill wouldn't have a problem getting served in an off-licence and he didn't.’
    • ‘Most of the major supermarkets and off-licences are discounting the prices of wines and champagnes, perhaps anticipating the after-Christmas slump.’
    • ‘‘No planning permission is necessary if the same shop were to be converted into an off-licence selling beer, spirits and wine,’ he said.’
    1. 1.1A license for this.
      • ‘The supermarket's off-licence was renewed but only for one year instead of the maximum three years.’
      • ‘One recommendation was giving district licensing committees discretion to close off-licences near schools between 3pm and 4pm, as part of potential conditions when considering new or renewed off-licences.’
      • ‘Our shopping habits became more expansive, retail transformed into a leisure pursuit and corner-shop survival was determined by the ability to obtain an off-licence.’
      • ‘Under the Sale of Liquor Act, local licensing authorities can grant off-licences if they think alcohol sales are an "appropriate complement" to other goods a business sells.’
      • ‘We have held off-licences in our stores for many years.’