blow to

blow (one) to (something)

slang To pay for something for oneself or someone else. My date tonight blew me to dinner, which was a nice treat.
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blow someone to something

Sl. to pay for something or someone, such as a meal, a movie, a drink, etc. Let me blow you to a meal. I think I'll blow myself to a fancy dessert.
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References in classic literature ?
The loss of the Tonquin was a grievous blow to the infant establishment of Astoria, and one that threatened to bring after it a train of disasters.