- a given quantity of chips that can be bought at one time, as in poker or other gambling games.
- the quantity of chips held by a player at a given point in a gambling game.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- Aviation.to control the flight patterns of airplanes waiting to land at an airport so that each circles at a designated altitude.
- Informal.to compare; measure up (often followed by against): How does the movie stack up against the novel?
- Informal.to appear plausible or in keeping with the known facts: Your story just doesn't stack up.
- staccato mark,
- staccato speech,
- stack the cards,
- stack up,
- stacked heel
- to arrange cards or a pack of cards so as to cheat: He stacked the deck and won every hand.
- to manipulate events, information, etc., especially unethically, in order to achieve an advantage or desired result.
Origin of stack
Examples from the Web for stack
She suggested that Gregory stack newspapers on his desk to give the set an intimate, coffeehouse feel.David Gregory's 'Meet the Press' Eviction Exposed in Washingtonian Takedown|Lloyd Grove|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Place the stack of phyllo dough sheets on a cutting board and cover it with a slightly damp towel.
It will have to stack up against everything else the medium has to offer.Gamers Want to Game: Video Games Aren't Blockbuster Movies|Alec Kubas-Meyer|August 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Beyond a few large computer screens, chairs, a first aid kit, and a stack of water bottles is a small, metal holding cell.A Shooting on a Tribal Land Uncovers Feds Running Wild|Caitlin Dickson|August 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And when Bill Clinton swore on a stack of Bibles that he rose from a town called Hope, few of us rolled our eyes.Let Us Now Praise Famous Rednecks and Their Unjustly Unsung Kin|Allison Glock|August 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This was announced by a stack of new books, review copies and presentation copies, awaiting me on my window-seat.From a Cornish Window|Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
There would be no more likelihood of discovering the latter, than of finding a needle in a stack of straw.The Flag of Distress|Mayne Reid
Then show me what youve got to stack up against this ninety-eight dollars.The Snow-Burner|Henry Oyen
Dad tried to trade her the other day for a stack of fodder, and the man wouldn't have her.Janice Day|Helen Beecher Long
The first morning I went after him I spied him sitting up on his hind legs at the corner of a stack.The Red Cow and Her Friends|Peter McArthur
Word Origin for stack
c.1300, "pile, heap, or group of things," from Old Norse stakkr "haystack" (cf. Danish stak, Swedish stack "heap, stack"), from Proto-Germanic *stakkoz, from PIE *stognos- (cf. Old Church Slavonic stogu "heap," Russian stog "haystack," Lithuanian stokas "pillar"), from root *steg- "pole, stick" (see stake (n.)). Meaning "set of shelves on which books are set out" is from 1879. Used of the chimneys of factories, locomotives, etc., since 1825.
early 14c., "to pile up grain," from stack (n.). Meaning "arrange unfairly" (in stack the deck) is first recorded 1825. Stack up "compare against" is 1903, from notion of piles of poker chips (1896). Related: Stacked; Stacking.
In addition to the idioms beginning with stack
- stack the cards
- stack up
- blow one's top (stack)
- cards are stacked
- needle in a haystack
- swear on a stack of bibles