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verb (used with object)
  1. to put by or away as for safekeeping or future use, usually in a secret place (usually followed by away): The squirrel stashes away nuts for winter.
  1. something put away or hidden: a stash of gold coins buried in the garden.
  2. a place in which something is stored secretly; hiding place; cache.
  3. Slang. a supply of hidden drugs.

Origin of stash

1775–85; blend of stow and cache
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  1. (tr often foll by away) informal to put or store (money, valuables, etc) in a secret place, as for safekeeping
  1. informal a secret store or the place where this is hidden
  2. slang drugs kept for personal consumption

Word Origin

C20: origin unknown
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Word Origin and History for stash


"to conceal, hide," 1797, criminals' slang, of unknown origin, perhaps a blend of stow and cache. Related: Stashed; stashing.


"hoard, cache," 1914, from stash (v.). Slang sense of "personal supply of narcotics" is from 1942.

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