buy a/the round (of drinks)

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buy a/the round (of drinks)

To buy drinks for each person in a group. "Next" is commonly used before "round" (when "the" is the article). If your new friend is buying us a round of drinks, then I like him already! OK, who's buying the next round?
See also: buy, round

buy a round (of drinks)

 and buy the next round (of drinks)
to buy a drink for each person present, with the expectation that one or more of those persons will later do likewise. Which one of you guys is going to buy the next round?
See also: buy, round
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Nearly a third of 5,000 people questioned said they would no longer buy a round of drinks when out with friends fs or fear they would end up out of pocket, according to M o n e y s u p e r m a rke t Vouchers.
c) If you are challenged and are unable to properly respond, you must buy a round of drinks for the challenger and the group being challenged.
d) If everyone being challenged responds in the correct manner, the challenger must buy a round of drinks for all those people he challenged.
After the revolution, newly hired workers no longer had to buy a round of drinks for their mates, and they no longer drank in honor of their bosses.