Green’s Dictionary of Slang

stand v.2

[abbr. SE stand treat]

1. [18C+] to pay for someone else; to pay for everyone with whom one is eating or drinking.

2. [late 18C+] (also stand up) to pay (for); to hand over money.

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

4. [mid–late 19C] to make an investment; to wager.

5. [mid-19C+] to give (as a present).

6. [late 19C] (US und.) to act as a receiver for stolen goods.

In phrases

stand in

see separate entries.

stand on (v.)

see separate entry.

stand one’s hand (v.)

[late 19C–1950s] (Aus.) to treat the assembled company.

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. [mid-19C–1900s] to pay for, to pick up a bill.

2. [19C] to buy a drink or round of drinks.

stand the huff (v.)

see under huff v.

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

[19C] to pay the bill (for something) for everyone else.

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)

[late 19C+] to accomplish something with the minimum of effort, to endure any challenging situation, often used of serving a jail sentence.

stand ace (with) (v.)

see under ace n.

stand a good fag (v.)

see under fag n.2

stand a rap for (v.)

[1940s] (US Und.) to bear a close resemblance to someone.

stand bluff (v.) [SE bluff, rough, abrupt, blunt]

[late 18C] to swear, to be adamant.

stand buff (v.)

[late 17C–mid-19C] to be resolute in adversity, to bear the brunt.

stand dixie (v.) [? dick n.5 (2)]

[1990s+] to keep guard, to keep a lookout.

stand down (v.)

[1970s] (US) to humiliate.

stand for (v.)

[mid-19C] to hold back.

standing on the top step

[1940s–50s] (UK Und.) a phr. used of a man on trial who is facing the likely prospect of a maximum sentence.

standing there like a tit in a trance

see under tit n.3

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

[1950s–70s] (US prison) to keep a lookout.

stand Miss Slang (v.)

[mid-18C] (UK Und.) of a member of a pickpocket team, to stand to one side, ready to be passed whatever has been stolen.

stand Moses (v.) [biblical myth]

1. [17C–early 19C] to have another man’s illegitimate child fathered upon one’s wife; one is obliged by the parish to maintain it.

2. [mid-19C] (US) to act as a surrogate father and, for money, impregnate another man’s wife.

3. [mid-19C–1930s] to adopt a child.

stand off

see separate entries.

stand on (v.)

see separate entry.

stand one’s corner (v.)

[late 19C+] to take or pay for one’s share of anything, to do one’s share.

stand on one’s joint (v.)

see under joint n.

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

[16C–18C] to act in an independent manner.

stand out like… (v.)

see separate entry.

stand over

see separate entries.

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

[mid-19C+] to stay as one is, to refuse to move, to refuse to speak or betray someone.

stand point (v.) [milit. point, the lead man of a patrol]

[1960s+] (Can. prison) to be on the alert.

stand Sam (v.) [? the common-ness of the name Sam]

[early 19C] to be likened to.

stand someone on their ear (v.) (also stand someone on their head)

[20C+] (US) to knock down, to defeat.

stand still for (v.) (also hold still for)

[1950s+] to tolerate, to permit, to accept.

stand the... (v.)

see also under relevant n.

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

[late 18C–early 19C] (UK Und.) to be tried in a court.

stand there like a tit in a trance (v.)

see under tit n.3

stand to attention (v.)

[1990s+] to have an erection.

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]

[late 17C–early 18C] to stand one’s ground, in lit. or fig. use.

stand up

see separate entries.

In exclamations

stand on me!

[20C+] believe me!