(Aus./N.Z.) to treat (others or oneself) to a drink; thus spotting n., occasional drinking; also as n., a drink.
|Boy in Bush 90: T’ be down on y’ uppers [...] whilst y’ slog t’ the nearest pub t’cadge a beer spot.|
|DNZE].Lenore Divine 58: He knew that most girls, quite ‘nice girls’, ‘spotted’ themselves nowadays, and he had never before met a girl who shuddered at the mere smell of spirits or beer [|
|Northern Advocate 11 July 7: [heading] The ‘Spotting’ Habit. Young people of 16 and over... thought it bright and clever to appear ‘three sheets in the wind’ at country dances and made a practice of running out after every dance to motor cars to ‘have a spot’ [DNZE].|
|All Part of the Game (1978) 189: [1978 note] ‘spots’. Any alcoholic drinks, but usually spirits. The verbal forms ‘to spot’ and ‘spotting’ were common.‘The Big Game’|
|Story of a N.Z. Sheep Farm 73: If it weren’t for you, Pa wouldn’t have got into the way of spotting the way he has.|
|DNZE].Swagger on Doorstep 180: Mother believed dancing was worldly if not sinful, and she was frightened that we might start ‘spotting’. Mother’s twin fears were carnal sin and having a ‘spot’ [|