Green’s Dictionary of Slang

stand v.2

[abbr. SE stand treat]

1. to pay for someone else; to pay for everyone with whom one is eating or drinking.

[UK]C. Hitchin Regulator 22: Good Mr. Wild stood their Friend, else they must have been Scragg’d.
[UK]G. Parker Life’s Painter 132: For supper, Joey stood, / To treat these curious cronies; / A bullock’s melt, hog’s maw, / Sheep’s heads, and stale polonies; / And then they swill’d gin-hot, / Until blind drunk as Chloe.
[UK]Egan Life in London (1869) 264: Come, Lummy, von’t you stand a drap of summat, as you are in luck.
[UK] ‘Beak & Trap to Roost are Gone’ Swell!!! or, Slap-Up Chaunter 49: No face but our own, nor nutty mot, / To stand an outer of three.
[UK]Thackeray Diary of C. Jeames de la Pluche in Works III (1898) 388: I’ll stand a pot of beer with pleasure.
[UK]Western Times 9 Feb. 6/3: The defendant came up [...] and Salter asked him to ‘stand a cup of coffee’.
[UK]Dickens Bleak House (1991) 266: The landlord he stood drains all round with a lot more on it [i.e. a sovereign].
[UK]J. Greenwood Seven Curses of London 302: I proposed to ‘stand supper,’ a proposition which was joyfully received.
[US]G.G. Hart E.C.B. Susan Jane 19: Why he’s full of fun as an egg’s full of meat. / And he’ll sing all day long if you’ll only stand treat.
[US]Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 25 Sept. 6/4: ‘This gent’s standing wine’.
[UK]Dundee Courier 18 Aug. 7/5: If you will stand half-a-gallon I’ll write you out a list of the best cribs.
[UK]Henley & Stevenson Admiral Guinea II v: O stash that! I stand treat, if it comes to that!
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 10 Jan. 6/4: Let them stand anything else they choose for their beloved – rum hot, ginger ale ‘with a dash,’ even colonial beer – but don’t let them stand ‘this.’.
[UK] ‘’Arry on Marriage’ Punch 29 Sept. 156/1: I stood him a lotion, poor beggar.
[Aus]G. Boothby On the Wallaby 296: He is informed that while drunk he stood champagne for every passer-by.
[UK]Binstead & Wells Pink ’Un and Pelican 31: Harry’d stood dinner for three at the ‘Salutation’.
[UK]Marvel 29 May 2: Without a cent in my pocket, and if ye asked me for a drink this morning I’m blowed if I could stand it.
[UK]Magnet 27 Aug. 7: I’m standing a birthday feed tomorrow.
[UK]A. Brazil Fourth Form Friendship 227: ‘What an abominable swindle! It’ll take half our next term's cash. I don’t believe the pater will stand it for us’.
[Ire]Joyce ‘Counterparts’ Dubliners (1956) 92: O’Halloran stood a round and then Farrington stood another round.
[US]S. Graham N.Y. Nights 67: He always came with some potential purchaser who stood him the drinks.
[UK]J. Curtis You’re in the Racket, Too 86: Pidgy had stood him a nice little bit of manjary.
[UK]J. Cary Horse’s Mouth (1948) 29: Wouldn’t even stand me a coffee.
[US]C. Hamilton Men of the Und. 287: His old cronies will stand the drinks.
[UK]G. Melly Owning Up (1974) 30: His legendary reluctance to stand a round.
[UK]P. Larkin ‘Livings’ High Windows 13: A sound / Of dominoes from the Bar. I stand a round.
[UK]F. Taylor Auf Wiedersehen Pet Two 159: You were so great, the landlord’s standing us drinks for the rest of the night.
[UK]I. Welsh Trainspotting 121: Mibbe ah’ll catch the cat oan his lunch brek, stand the dude a pint or two.
[UK]D. Flusfeder Gift 305: I’ll stand you a pint.

2. (also stand up) to pay (for); to hand over money.

[UK]Belle’s Stratagem 15: I’ll try what Letitia can do — she may perhaps stand fifty or so.
[UK]C. Dibdin Yngr Larks of Logic, Tom and Jerry I ii: You won’t mind standing £40?
[US]J.S. Jones People’s Lawyer I i: Did’nt I offer to stand the blunt. It would not have cost you a red cent.
[Ire]W.H. Maxwell Rambling Recollections of a Soldier of Fortune 51: I met the chap from Guy’s, in the Borough-road this morning, and he offered to stand twelve pounds for a fresh stiff-un.
[UK]R. Barham ‘My Letters’ in Ingoldsby Legends (1847) 353: We’ll name it John, and know with pleasure / You’ll stand – Five guineas more, confound it!
[US]W.K. Northall Life and Recollections of Yankee Hill 187: Now, I don’t mind standing five or six dollars, if you won’t say nothing about me.
[UK](con. 1840s–50s) H. Mayhew London Labour and London Poor I 315/1: He’ll stand a ‘bob’.
[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 20/2: We asked him what he would be willing to ‘stand’ for a good one [i.e. a watch]. [Ibid.] 49/2: I ‘flashed,’ and putting all [the stolen jewels] together, asked Bill if he’d stand for them.
[UK]E.V. Page ‘Magistrate’ [lyrics] A cabman found awfully drunk in his seat, / Explains ’twas the fog, or his fare stood a treat.
[UK]Magnet 7 Mar. 6: I’ll stand you a tanner for the locket.
[US]R. Abrahams Deep Down In The Jungle 160: They said, ‘Hello, Charly, I haven’t seen you in a mighty long time. / Stand me maybe a dime?’.
[US]C.P. Rosenberg in P. Heller In This Corner (1974) 91: He [i.e. Al Capone] never stood me five cents [...] He was a great host.

3. (also stand for, stand in) to cost.

[UK]Dickens All the Year Round XV 102/2: A good Panama will stand you in from fifty to seventy-five pesos de oro — from ten to fifteen pounds sterling.
[UK]Thackeray II Miscellanies 170: It was a beautiful little animal and stood me in a good sum. I never regarded money for that dear child.
[UK]Chambers Journal LX 516/1: Sir Timothy was wont to boast that every bird there stood him in a guinea and a half .
[UK]R.D. Blackmore Lorna Doone 115: Now, that answer, made without a thought, stood me for two thousand pounds.
[US]Ade Forty Modern Fables 154: The Rug they were sitting on was a genuine Bokhara and had stood him more than Two Hundred.
[US]S. Ford Shorty McCabe 73: A piece of dry goods that they must have stood him up a hundred.
[US]Ade Hand-made Fables 266: A Banquet which would now stand you about $6 in a good Hotel.
[US]D. Runyon ‘Hold ’Em, Yale!’ Runyon on Broadway (1954) 149: They stand me better than three bucks over that.
[US]D. Runyon Runyon à la Carte 194: He carries a little gold watch in his pants pocket that stands him a G-er in Paris.
[US]A.J. Liebling Honest Rainmaker (1991) 57: A good carnation now will stand you forty cents.

4. to make an investment; to wager.

[UK]G.J. Whyte-Melville General Bounce (1891) 193: The whispered words [...] ‘Stand a cracker on Sennacherib,’ are distinctly audible.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 12 Sept. 13/1: We’ve known men so unfortunate that they had to leave their creditors in downright disgust, get a new name and make a pile. None of the money was refunded to the poor backers who ‘stood’ them under the old title, either.

5. to give (as a present).

[UK]Five Years’ Penal Servitude 244: We went down to a bloke I knew [...] to see what he’d stand for the £300.
[UK]H.G. Wells Kipps (1952) 71: The least I can do is to stand you a needle and thread.
[US] Denton (MD) Journal 7 Mar. 3/8: Look here, I’ll stand you a new dicer.

6. (US und.) to act as a receiver for stolen goods.

[US]Sun (NY) 13 May 14/6: I settled that mug for another trick once, and I think I can shake him down now and find out who stood for the stuff and where it was planted.

In phrases

stand in

see separate entries.

stand on (v.)

see separate entry.

stand one’s hand (v.)

(Aus.) to treat the assembled company.

[UK]H. Nisbet Bushranger’s Sweetheart 58: I used to see her at some of the public-houses [...] ‘standing her hand’ liberally to all who happened to be in the bar.
[Aus]N. Pulliam I Travelled a Lonely Land (1957) 240/1: stand your hand – pay for a round of drinks.
stand (the) sam (v.) (also stand sammy) [? generic use of proper name Sam(uel); US icon Uncle Sam, and the letters ‘US’ stencilled on US Army knapsacks; he ‘pays for all’]

1. to pay for, to pick up a bill.

[UK]‘The City Youth’ in Out-and-Outer in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) IV 139: Oh, he toddles by their [i.e. whores] sides, and stands the Sam for gin.
[UK](con. 1737–9) W.H. Ainsworth Rookwood (1857) 261: I must insist upon standing Sam upon the present occasion.
[UK]Bell’s Life in London 10 Feb. 2/1: I saw, my raw one, we’ll stand sammy — / For with doorknockers to make free, / Is very pretty pastime dammee!
[UK]‘F.L.G’ Swell’s Night Guide K3: Stand Sammy, to treat.
[UK]Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.
[UK]Lancaster Gaz. 24 Oct. 5/6: When desirous of knowing who was to pay for anything, it was ‘who’s going to stand sam?
[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 21 Aug. 3/2: She extended the rights of hospitality so extensively as voluntarily to relinquish her couch to her visitors [...] with the proviso that her guests would stand Sam for a pot of heavy.
[UK]Times 3 Apr. in Franklyn (1960) 175: If a man is requested to pay a tavern bill, he is asked if he will ‘stand Sam’.
[UK]Wild Boys of London I 127/2: We’ll go to the Vic to-night. I’ll stand sam, and we can have some fried fish afterwards.
[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 22 May 3/3: T’other evening, Mick, Pat, Jack and I were in Johnny Notion’s pub, and after we had all ‘stood’ Sam, it came to Jack’s turn.
Gympie Times (Qld) 11 jan. 3/6: If a man is requested to pay a tavern bill he is asked if he will ‘stand Sam’.
[UK]C. Hindley Life and Adventures of a Cheap Jack 123: He had perforce to stand ‘Sam’ for the lot.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 15 Aug. 22/1: The friars grew fat (while laymen stood / What now, in slang men call ‘Sam’) / Upon the strength of doing good / With prayer as well as Balsam.
[UK] ‘’Arry on Law and Order’ in Punch 26 Nov. 249/2: I do ’ate a blood-sucking screw / Who sponges and never stands Sam, and whose motto’s ‘all cop and no blue’.
[UK]‘Morris the Mohel’ ‘Houndsditch Day By Day’ Sporting Times 11 Jan. 3: If he found a mug at Croydon that week he’d shtand Sam for her to go all the plessed vay to ’Olland and pack, to pe geuristered?
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 28 Apr. 3/4: Champage flowed like water. The Pastoralists’ Ambassadors ‘stood Sam’.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 23 June 20/2: He is truly an independent party, being heavily gilded and well able to afford the gargantuan feasts for which he at intervals ‘stands Sam’ to the giggling members who ‘pull his leg.’.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 30 June 1/1: As her brother is waiting to deal out stoush Lothario will have to ‘stand Sam’.

2. to buy a drink or round of drinks.

[UK]W.T. Moncrieff Tom and Jerry III v: Landlady, serve them with a glass of tape, all round; and I’ll stand Sammy.
[UK]Hotten Dict. of Modern Sl. etc.
[UK]W.E. Henley ‘Villon’s Good-Night’ in Farmer Musa Pedestris (1896) 174: Likewise you molls that flash your bubs / For swells to spot and stand you sam.
stand the huff (v.)

see under huff v.

stand (the) shot (to) (v.) [shot n.1 ]

to pay the bill (for something) for everyone else.

[UK]W. Scott Kenilworth II 140: Are you to stand shot to all this good liquor?
[US]G. Seaworthy Bertie 42: I’ll al’ays do the fair thing, and stan’ shot till we git to Edentown.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 4 Apr. 1/3: Let the exhibition have its consequences, and let the lesson be taken to heart that if there must be war taxation there is a class which has professed to like war – even unprincipled and unnecessary war – and which has advertised its capacity for standing the pecuniary shot.
stand up (v.)

see sense 2 above.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

stand-on (n.)

see separate entry.


see separate entries.

standstill (n.)

see separate entry.

In phrases

do something standing on one’s head (v.) (also do something on one’s head/nob, do something standing up, stand on one’s head for something, stand something on one’s head)

to accomplish something with the minimum of effort, to endure any challenging situation, often used of serving a jail sentence.

[US]Calif. Police Gazette 17 Apr. 1/1: ‘Yes, but never mind, boys, ten years is nothing; – we can stand on our heads for that time,’ said Diver.
[UK]Five Years’ Penal Servitude 221: What’s yer dose? [...] Five, oh, you can do that little lot on yer ’ed easy.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 26 Sept. 9/3: ‘Is that what you call a flogging? I could stand that on my head.’ [Ibid.] 7 Nov. 20/1: ‘Six months in quod will do you good!’ / Her fingers to her nose she laid – / Quite young, but cheeky, werry, she; / ‘I’ll do it on my nob,’ she said, / As from the ‘beak’ she walked so free.
[US]N.Y. Times 27 July 3/6: That’s [i.e. a six-month sentence] nothing. I can stand on my head that long.
[UK]‘Doss Chiderdoss’ in Sporting Times 27 Mar. 1/3: ‘A fortnight! [...] / I’ll do that on my bloominger head!’.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 5 July 13/2: A Sydney judge [...] the other day ground out a homily to a young lady in the dock on the error of her ways, and finished off by sentencing her to 18 months with hard labour. ‘Why,’ returned the fair one, ‘I can do that on my head like a sanguinary toff!’.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 29 July 4/5: I’ll do this stretch upon my head.
[UK]Marvel III:55 10: We’d cheerfully do that little bit on our heads.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 13 Jan. 1/1: As all the boys are broke, they intend doing the time on their heads.
[US]A.H. Lewis Apaches of N.Y. 67: Gangster: ‘It’s only thirteen months, Kid. You won’t mind it.’ Pioggi: ‘Mind it! I could do it standing on me head!’.
[UK]Leamington Spa Courier 20 Sept. 7/1: He is in the habit of remarking that he can do seven days ‘on his head,’ and ‘sleep a month away’.
[US](con. 1908) H. Asbury Gangs of N.Y. 295: ‘What’s eleven months?’ he sneered. ‘I could do that standin’ on me head!’.
[US]D. Clemmer Prison Community (1940) 331/2: do a bit standing up, vph. To serve a prison term without bad effect.
[US](con. 1920s) ‘Harry Grey’ Hoods (1953) 345: Twelve months [...] we can do standing on our heads.
[UK]B. Hill Boss of Britain’s Underworld 27: I did my nine months standing on my head.
[UK]J. Gosling Ghost Squad 180: I’ll take the carpet for ’er and do it on me ’ead.
[UK]J.R. Ackerley We Think The World Of You (1971) 17: ‘I could do that on me ’ead,’ said he.
[US]E. Grogan Ringolevio 70: The judge [...] gave the kid two years [...] ‘I’ll do that standin’ on my head,’ he cracked.
[NZ]G. Newbold Big Huey 43: ‘Ten years is a long time to be in jail. You’ll be sorry.’ ‘No I won’t. I’ll do it standing on my head.’.
[US]S. Morgan Homeboy 132: Short time, homey! he jollied himself. Do it standing on yer head stackin’ BBs.
[NZ]B. Stewart Broken Arse I ii: egg: That’s a long time, Pakeha. henry: The name’s Henry. Seven years. I’ll do it on my head. With ease.
[UK]J.J. Connolly Layer Cake 228: Could you do a twelve? Do it standing on me head.
[UK]N. ‘Razor’ Smith A Few Kind Words and a Loaded Gun 124: Three years’ detention [...] Do it on me fuckin’ ’ead.
stand ace (with) (v.)

see under ace n.

stand a good fag (v.)

see under fag n.2

stand a rap for (v.)

(US Und.) to bear a close resemblance to someone.

[US]D. Maurer Big Con 308: To stand a rap for (someone). To resemble someone closely.
stand bluff (v.) [SE bluff, rough, abrupt, blunt]

to swear, to be adamant.

[UK]Sheridan School For Scandal II iii: Ha! ha! ha! that he should have stood bluff to an old bachelor so long, and sink into a husband at last.
stand buff (v.)

to be resolute in adversity, to bear the brunt.

[UK]S. Butler Hudibras’ Epitaph n.p.: And for the good old cause stood buff / ’Gainst many a bitter kick and cuff.
[UK]Vanbrugh Provoked Wife I i: Would my courage came up to a fourth part of my ill-nature, I’d stand buff to her relations, and thrust her out of doors.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Stand Buff, to stand Tightly or Resolutely to any thing.
[UK]T. Brown Amusements Serious and Comical in Works (1744) III 35: [They] discover their modesties by standing buff at a bawdy song, or naked obscene figure.
[UK]New Canting Dict. n.p.: He stands Buff, is a Phrase used of an obstinate harden’d Rogue, who will confess nothing; or to one who in a Robbery will not be daunted at Resistance, or Opposition, or leave his Com-rogues in the Lurch.
[UK]T. Walker The Quaker’s Opera II i: At St. Martins, St Gile’s, we shall have Burial still, / And here the Bowman Prig stands Buff, / And the Pimps have miss’d their Will.
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. n.p.: to stand buff is a Phrase used of an obstinate hardened Rogue, who in a Robbery will not be daunted at Resistance or Opposition, or leave his Comrogues in the Lurch, or a hardened Rogue who will confess Nothing.
[UK]Fielding Miser ii 2: [...] I must even stand buff, and outface him [F&H].
[UK]Dyche & Pardon New General Eng. Dict. (5th edn).
[UK]G. Colman Jealous Wife V ii: Stick close to my advice, and you may stand buff to a tigress.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK](con. early 17C) W. Scott Fortunes of Nigel II 23: Stand buff against the reproach of thine over-tender conscience.
stand dixie (v.) [? dick n.5 (2)]

to keep guard, to keep a lookout.

[UK]K. Sampson Awaydays 13: Elvis and I stand dixie at the door while Kev the Man empties the fruit machine with snide ten-bobs.
stand down (v.)

(US) to humiliate.

[US](con. 1970s) G. Pelecanos King Suckerman (1998) 72: Dewey was pissed, being stood down [...] by the black kid.
stand for (v.)

to hold back.

[UK]W.L. Rede Our Village III iv: Here, missus! don’t stand for the shiners, Poll, there’s plenty more in the locker.
standing on the top step

(UK Und.) a phr. used of a man on trial who is facing the likely prospect of a maximum sentence.

[UK]P. Tempest Lag’s Lex. 217: ‘He’s standing on the top step.’ Said of a man standing trial; this means there is every prospect of his being given the maximum sentence.
standing there like a tit in a trance

see under tit n.3

stand jiggers (v.) (also hold jiggers, stand jigger) [SE stand + jigger! excl.]

(US prison) to keep a lookout.

Dispatch (Moline, IL) 7 Aug. 10/3: ‘What were you doing when the boys broke into the house?’ ‘I was standing jiggers’.
[US]T. Runyon In For Life 90: I was standing jiggers for a friend who was smoking in the toilet.
[US]C. Shafer ‘Catheads [...] and Cho-Cho Sticks’ in Abernethy Bounty of Texas (1990) 207: holding jiggers, v. – to act as a lookout.
[US]Rapid City Jrnl (SD) 17 Jan. 31/1: At the end of one tier of cellblocks a con stood jigger.
Federal Reporter 845 768: Mr. Miller said that he was going to go out and stand jiggers.
stand Miss Slang (v.)

(UK Und.) of a member of a pickpocket team, to stand to one side, ready to be passed whatever has been stolen.

Ordinary of Newgate Account of the Behaviour, Confession, and Dying Words of [...] Mary Young in Rawlings Criminal Biogs. of the 18th Cent. (1992) 121–36: Their Business that evening was to go upon Cheving the Froe, (that is, Cutting off Women’s Pockets;) in order to do this they attended the Theatres after the Play was over; she was appointed (as being a young Novice in the Art) to stand Miss Slang all upon the Safe, (that is, to stand safe at a Distance as if not one of the Gang, in order to receive the Things stolen.).
[UK]Bloody Register III 168: [as cit. 1740].
stand Moses (v.) [biblical myth]

1. to have another man’s illegitimate child fathered upon one’s wife; one is obliged by the parish to maintain it.

[UK]R. Cotgrave Dict. of Fr. and Eng. Tongues.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (3rd edn).
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.

2. (US) to act as a surrogate father and, for money, impregnate another man’s wife.

[US]Matsell Vocabulum.

3. to adopt a child.

[UK]N. Bell Crocus in DSUE (1984).
stand off

see separate entries.

stand on (v.)

see separate entry.

stand one’s corner (v.)

to take or pay for one’s share of anything, to do one’s share; in fig. use, to take responsibility.

[UK]Leeds Mercury 9 Apr. 4/1: The prisoner also remarked [...] that he was ‘game’, and he would stand his corner like a man.
[UK]Bradford Obs. 6 Nov. 7/2: We want an honest man [...] In helpfiul works of charity to ‘stand his corner’.
[UK]Aberdeen Press 21 Apr. 4/2: The letter [...] from a working man who honestly desired to ‘stand his corner’ in regard to the expenses of his country.
[UK]Denbighshire Free Press 24 Jan. 6/5: I hope to share a bortle of champagne with him [...] and Mr Sayers can provide the remaining bottles, We all know he can [...] stand his corner.
[UK]Wharfedale & Airedale Obs. 20 Mar. 7/5: He had expressed himself willing to stand his corner.
[UK]Todmorden & District News 12 Oct. 4/6: He was one of the most cheerful men of the platoon, and always willing to stand his corner.
[UK]Yorks. Eve. Post 9 Jan. 4/4: He’s a decent sort of chap [...] would go home troubled in mind if he hadn’t stood his corner ina round of rinks.
[US]N. Jacob Man Who Found Himself (1952) 71: It was the accepted thing [...] to order whiskies and sodas, to ‘stand your corner’ and ‘push the boat out’ readily and generously.
Kent & Surrey Courier 30 May 4/4: Salesman [...] unable to resist the temptation to ‘borrow’ money from his employers in order to ‘stand his corner’.
[UK]Burnley Exp. 29 Mar. 3/3: Recently-wedded Warden J. Cole ‘stood his corner’ to his fellow wardens.
stand on one’s joint (v.)

see under joint n.

stand on one’s (own) pantofles (v.) [SE pantofles, high-corked shoes]

to act in an independent manner.

[UK]Lyly Euphues (1916) 28: For the most part they stand on their pantofles. [Ibid.] 105: Stand thou on thy pantofles and she will vail bonnet. Lie thou aloof and she will seize on the lure.
[UK]P. Stubbes Anatomie of Abuses 55: They stand uppon their Pantoufles, and hoyse vp their sayles on highe.
stand out like… (v.)

see separate entry.

stand over

see separate entries.

stand pat (v.) (also sit pat, stand peter) [poker jargon]

to stay as one is, to refuse to move, to refuse to speak or betray someone.

[US]Montana Post (Virginia City, MT) 2 Apr. 1/1: General Pat E. Connor is the prominent candidate for Governor of Utah. We adopt the Major’s policy in an Indian muss — ‘Stand Pat and holler “how” ’.
[Dly Nat. Republican (Wash., DC) 11 Feb. 4/3: Accordingly the lieutenant proceeded to the place indicated, where a nice little game was going on, and ‘taking a hand,’ stood ‘pat,’ with a ‘flush of five clubs’.
[US]G. Devol Forty Years a Gambler 23: I backed up against the side of the boat, and told them to call for cards, as I ‘stood pat’.
[US]A.H. Lewis Wolfville 176: This Colonel of mine [...] don’t round-up no music of his own; but stands pat.
[US]Ade Fables in Sl. (1902) 74: They stood pat, and merely said it was an Elegant Sermon.
[US]‘Hugh McHugh’ John Henry 9: I figured it out this way and stood pat.
[UK]A. Binstead Pitcher in Paradise 7: She had no literary ambition beyond that which inspired her to stand pat on a bunch of the most stilted and ridiculous mediaeval blank verse.
[US]G. Bronson-Howard Enemy to Society 291: The bunch of us oughta be able to swear Trompey into Matteawan if we stand ‘pat’; but if we start tryin’ to unload hardware and seein’ coppers through th’ smoke, we’re gone.
[US]P. Kyne Cappy Ricks 285: Stand pat!
[US]M.E. Smith Adventures of a Boomer Op. 13: He still stood pat so far as transportation was concerned.
[US]Louis Armstrong ‘St. James Infirmary’ [lyrics] When I die, want you to dress me in straight-leg shoes, / Box back coat and a stetson hat, / Put a 20 dollar gold piece on my watch chain, / So the boys’ll know that I died standing pat.
[US]‘Goat’ Laven Rough Stuff 112: I knew that he was a square guy and would stand pat, and what I had to do was to get rid of this slum. [Ibid.] 170: They wanted him to talk, and he stood pat.
[US]D. Maurer Big Con 125: The mark stood pat.
[US]Zanesville (OH) Signal 16 July sect. I 5/1: The Spaniard stood pat until England cooled off on the caper.
[US]B. Jackson Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 108: You knife your jib whilst I’ll crack my whip, / now you stand pat and I’m gonna show you some speed.
[Aus]D. Ireland Burn 40: I’m gunna sit pat [...] Just sit it out, that’s what I’m doing.
[US]Maledicta II:1+2 (Summer/Winter) 120: The result has been too much [...] false modesty about words that simply look as if they might be sexual: cock [linnet] = ‘minute’, not to mention expressions such as old cock (buddy, mate), standing peter (we say ‘standing pat’), peter that (‘shut up’), or even pissing down with rain (‘raining cats and dogs’).
[US]W. Murray Tip on a Dead Crab 105: Only Harrison stood pat.
[US]H. Rawson Dict. of Invective (1991) 286: to stand pat; to sweeten the pot; and wheeler dealer.
stand point (v.) [milit. point, the lead man of a patrol]

(Can. prison) to be on the alert.

[Can]R. Caron Go-Boy! 316: stand point – to be on the alert.
stand Sam (v.) [? the common-ness of the name Sam]

to be likened to.

[UK]C.M. Westmacott Eng. Spy I 178: Dick – he’s my friend, a cawker to be sure, but must not stand Sam to an Oxford raff, or a Yorkshire Johnny Raw.
stand someone on their ear (v.) (also stand someone on their head)

(US) to knock down, to defeat.

[US]O. Strange Sudden Takes the Trail 11: Some o’ the Bar O boys, an’ by the look of ’em they’re aimin’ to stand the town on its ear, as usual.
[US]R. Prather Always Leave ’Em Dying 156: Wait a shake. Give me two minutes and I’ll stand you on your heads.
stand still for (v.) (also hold still for)

to tolerate, to permit, to accept.

[US]B. Schulberg On the Waterfront (1964) 108: I’m going to talk to everybody who’ll stand still for me.
[US]M. Spillane Return of the Hood 18: Maybe he can cover for the shooting [...] but this he won’t hold still for.
[US]J. Mills Panic in Needle Park (1971) 131: How he’s doing that I couldn’t tell you, but there’s got to be something wrong about it. Got to be. Little Tony just isn’t that kind of guy, to stand still for something like that.
[US]N. Thornburg Cutter and Bone (2001) 261: Churches don’t like it, I hear — carnival on the sabbath — but I guess they holdin’ still for it.
[US](con. 1960s) D. Goines Black Gangster (1991) 101: We ain’t got to stand still for that shit.
stand the... (v.)

see also under relevant n.

stand the patter (v.) (also patter) [patter n. (1)]

(UK Und.) to be tried in a court.

‘On Newgate Steps Jack Chance was Found’ [song] He stood the patter but that’s no matter: / He gammoned the twelve and he worked on the water.
[UK]Vaux Vocab. of the Flash Lang. in McLachlan (1964) 257: patter’d tried in a court of justice; a man who has undergone this ordeal, is said to have stood the patter.
[UK]W. Perry London Guide 178: I shall not tell his name outright [...] because he has stood the patter.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue [as cit. 1812].
stand there like a tit in a trance (v.)

see under tit n.3

stand to attention (v.)

to have an erection.

B. Zilbergeld New Male Sexuality 92: They are immediately excited and their penises immediately stand to attention and are ready for action.
J.K. Bailey PlanetQuake [Internet] The thing is, whenever we start our kissing marathons Mr. Happy awakens and stands up. After we are done kissing, she has a tendency to want to hug tightly...which is cool but Mr. Happy is still at attention.
Thompson & Swann Lessons in Seduction 11: Her sexy French accent [...] never failed to make his cock stand to attention.
stand to one’s pan-pudding (v.) [SE pan-pudding, a heavy pudding made of flour, with small pieces of bacon in it, baked in a pan]

to stand one’s ground, in lit. or fig. use.

[UK]J. Phillips Maronides (1678) VI 39: Pull courage up without brown studying / And boldly stand to thy pan-pudding.
[UK]Pagan Prince 71: And so, noble Tritons, every one to his command; stand to your Panpudding.
[UK]Motteux (trans.) Gargantua and Pantagruel (1927) II Bk IV 470: How bravely did they stand to their Pan-puddings!
A. Boyer Dictionnaire royal II n.p.: To stand to one's Pan-pudding, (to stand it out to the utmost ) Tour bon, tenir ferme.
[UK]Coventry Herald 19 Apr. 6: The expression for showing firmness, ‘to stand to one’s pan-pudding’.
stand up

see separate entries.

In exclamations

stand on me!

believe me!

T. Burke Nights in London 125: He said: ‘Like to help your old uncle?’ I said: ‘Stand on me’.
[UK]F. Norman Bang To Rights 28: [This] happens more than enough times, stand on me.
[UK]F. Norman Guntz 81: Everyone knows better than you do about everything stand on me.
[UK]G.F. Newman Sir, You Bastard 32: You’ll be all right, stand on me.
[UK]A. Payne ‘The Last Video Show’ in Minder [TV script] 44: Stand on me, I’ve never met the man.
D. Shaw ‘Dead Beard’ at [Internet] You need a Roller or a Jag or a BMW, you give Harry boy a bell and I’ll fix you up chicken and rice, stand on me.
[UK]Guardian 22 Aug. 5: The old... [...] Stand on me – Pledge of honesty.