Uncle Sam. The United States Government. Mr. Frost tells us
that the inspectors of Elbert Anderson's store on the Hudson were
Ebenezer Wilson and his uncle Samuel Wilson, the latter of whom
superintended in person the workmen, and went by the name of “Uncle
Sam.” The stores were marked E.A. - U.S. (Elbert Anderson, United
States). and one of the employers, being asked the meaning, said
U.S. stood for “Uncle Sam.” The joke took, and in the War of
Independence the men carried it with them, and it became stereotyped.
To stand Sam.
To be made to pay the reckoning. This is an Americanism, and arose
from the letters U.S. on the knapsacks of the soldiers. The government
of Uncle Sam has to pay, or “stand Sam” for all. (See above
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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