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stand (one) to (something)
To treat one to or provide the money necessary for something. The company is standing me to a business degree, with the expectation that I take on more responsibilities after it is completed. I felt bad for the guy, so I offered to stand him to a drink.
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To take up positions for military action: Upon hearing gunfire, the soldiers stood to.
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