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  • noun Plural form of ale-house (alternative spelling of alehouses).

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Examples

  • Page 303: “It is not the multitude of ale-houses, to give the most suspicious example, that occasions a general disposition to drunkenness among the common people; but that disposition arising from other causes necessarily gives employment to a multitude of ale-houses.”

    A Bland and Deadly Courtesy

  • Sometimes pinned up on walls in houses and ale-houses, these single sheets carried public notices, news, speeches and songs that could be read or sung aloud.

    Digitized / Searchable Content: The Word on the Street: Broadsheet Collection (1650-1910) from the National Library of Scotland « ResourceShelf

  • Anybody who has any actual experience of those ale-houses that is anybody who is not a temperance reformer with no experience except of tea-shops knows quite well that the old rustic very seldom did get disgracefully drunk.

    G.K.'s Weekly - The Awful Example

  • Said the poor-wife: Short shall be my tale; I am over poor to know of hostelries and ale-houses that I may tell thee aught thereof.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

  • The brigand, we hear, has been distributing (without any effect) pamphlets among the low ale-houses and peasantry of the department of the Upper Rhine (in which he lurks); and the Police have an easy means of tracking his footsteps.

    Burlesques

  • The brigand, we hear, has been distributing (without any effect) pamphlets among the low ale-houses and peasantry of the department of the Upper Rhine (in which he lurks); and the Police have an easy means of tracking his footsteps.

    The History of the Next French Revolution

  • In ale-houses there was only silence or sullen exchanges where once raucous laughter greeted bright-eyed poets with overlong hair who stood on tables declaiming verses of varying quality to the left eyebrow or shell-pink ear of their latest mistress.

    Ill Met By Moonlight

  • Servants and idle equerries talk in ale-houses, and I have servants who listen.

    Ill Met By Moonlight

  • I do not wish to bracket Benbow and Tom Cribb; but, depend upon it, they are practically bracketed for admiration in the minds of many frequenters of ale-houses.

    Virginibus Puerisque and other papers

  • This I have seen on several signs, but the most common, at all the lesser ale-houses, is, “A.B. C. or D. dealer in foreign spirituous liquors.”

    Travels in England in 1782

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