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It's my "shout" - origin ?

Posted by R. Berg on January 27, 2001

In Reply to: It's my "shout" - origin ? posted by Steven McEwan on January 26, 2001

: I'd like to find out the origin of the phrase "shout", when used to mean "turn to buy", especially in relation to buying alcohol - eg "It's my shout".

My reference books don't say anything about this one. I'm just guessing, but could it be based on shouting to the bartender, "Four more beers over here, please," or whatever?