One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Bear the expense of treating someone to something.
- ‘I made a move to depart, when one of the head showmen exclaimed, ‘Come, Mister, don't be shabby; can you think of going without standing treat all round?’’
- ‘He added that his own reason for making the trip was because of Mr. Clemens's offer to stand treat.’
- ‘I've been standing treat for a whole week and more, and letting you have all the delicacies of the season.’
- ‘The English officer stood treat to the whole village.’
- ‘As a rule, when men and women drink together, the man stands treat, but women treat each other as much, and even more than, is the case with men.’
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