from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A bench in or before an ale-house.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A bench in or before an alehouse.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun archaic A
benchoutside an alehousewhere drinkerscan sit.
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The real facts would have been sufficient to excite uneasiness and indignation: but the real facts were lost amidst a crowd of wild rumours which flew without ceasing from coffeehouse to coffeehouse and from alebench to alebench, and became more wonderful and terrible at every stage of the progress.