buy a/the round (of drinks)

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buy a/the round (of drinks)

To buy drinks, especially alcoholic ones, for each person in a group. "Next" is commonly used before "the round." 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
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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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The Snifta, for the first man to buy the round. The Dafta, for the one who forgets his wallet (maybe not so daft, after all).