private stock

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private stock (usually uncountable, plural private stocks)

  1. (set phrase) A supply of something, especially alcoholic beverages, belonging to a person or a commercial establishment and of such quality that it is usually reserved for the owner or for favoured friends or customers.
    • 1869, William Makepeace Thackeray, chapter 6, in Burlesques:
      [T]o feed 126 souls, we had but . . .
      Three ham-sandwiches, and a pot of currant-jelly, and 197 bottles
      of brandy, rum, madeira, pale ale (my private stock) . . .
    • 1906, Andy Adams, “Seigerman's Per Cent”, in Cattle Brands:
      The refreshment was brought in, and before the session adjourned, they had lowered the contents of a black bottle of private stock by several fingers.
    • 1912, P. G. Wodehouse, chapter 16, in The Adventures of Sally:
      "And after all I've done for her," said Mr. Reginald Cracknell, his voice tremulous with self-pity and his eyes moist with the combined effects of anguish and over-indulgence in his celebrated private stock, "after all I've done for her she throws me down."
    • 1989 March 12, Christopher Idone, “Food: Club Comfort”, in New York Times, retrieved 21 January 2014:
      And it is heartening to be able to find a good and heady mutton chop to accompany a club member's claret from his private stock.
    • 2004, Robert Priest, How to Swallow a Pig, →ISBN, (Google preivew)"
      Then he takes out a bottle of his own private stock, finds himself a flower or some butterflies, and proceeds to get very drunk.
    • 2011, F. Paul Pacult, American Still Life: The Jim Beam Story and the Making of the World's #1 Bourbon[1], →ISBN:
      Booker employed his private stock as a late afternoon delight for visitors to the Boston distillery.