1. [mid-19C+] (Aus./N.Z.) in context of public drinking.
(a) a round of drinks.
(b) one’s turn to order a round of drinks; thus your shout; my shout; stand the shout; thus shout-dodger, one who avoids his turn.
(c) a drink.
(d) in fig. use, a ‘turn’.
2. [late 19C+] (US black) an act of crying out or ‘speaking in tongues’, usu. in church, as the apparent result of being possessed by spirits.
3. [1920s+] (US black) a party, esp. one where the guests buy their refreshments to help pay the rent.
4. [1920s+] (US black) a dance.
5. [1970s] a piece of information, a ‘tip-off’.
1. to get in touch with, usu. by telephone.
2. to give someone the power of decision.
3. (W.I./US) to pay a casual visit.
[late 19C] to go out drinking.