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Alcohol again?

Posted by Lewis on September 01, 2003

In Reply to: Origin of a phrase posted by Andy Peverill on September 01, 2003

: Has anybody come a cross the phrase
: "I'll stand a drop of York"?

: Any assitance in its meaning or origin would be greatfully received.

This sounds another alcohol-laden posting - I've heard people use the expression that they'll "stand" something in the sense of paying for something for others. 'A drop of' means that it should be a liquid under discussion. The only "York" that is a drink I can recall would be Yorkshire Bitter (say Sam Smith's or Websters).
It sounds like the person is offering to buy a round of drinks - in particular pints of bitter.
Alternatively, it could be a reply to somebody offering to buy a round - the implication that the speaker will put up with (withstand/stand) a pint.

I've only coffee for solace here. All this talk of a nice drop is most unfair.