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Brewer's: Tippling Act

(The), 24 Geo. II., chap. 40, which restricted the sale of spirituous liquors retailed on credit for less than 20s. at one time. In part repealed. A ?tippler? originally meant a tavern-keeper or tapster, and the tavern was called a ?tippling-house.? At Boston, Lincolnshire, in 1577, five persons were appointed ?tipplers of Lincoln beer,? and no ?other tippler [might] draw or sell beer? ... under penalties.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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