Nearby words

  1. staccato mark,
  2. staccato speech,
  3. stacey,
  4. stachys,
  5. stacia,
  6. stack the cards,
  7. stack up,
  8. stackable,
  9. stacked,
  10. stacked heel


    blow one's stack, Slang. to lose one's temper or become uncontrollably angry, especially to display one's fury, as by shouting: When he came in and saw the mess he blew his stack.
    stack the deck,
    1. to arrange cards or a pack of cards so as to cheat: He stacked the deck and won every hand.
    2. to manipulate events, information, etc., especially unethically, in order to achieve an advantage or desired result.

Origin of stack

1250–1300; (noun) Middle English stak < Old Norse stakkr haystack; (v.) Middle English stakken, derivative of the v.

Related formsstack·er, nounstack·less, adjectivere·stack, verb (used with object)un·stack, adjective, verb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for stack up



an ordered pile or heap
a large orderly pile of hay, straw, etc, for storage in the open air
(often plural) library science compactly spaced bookshelves, used to house collections of books in an area usually prohibited to library users
a number of aircraft circling an airport at different altitudes, awaiting their signal to land
a large amounta stack of work
military a pile of rifles or muskets in the shape of a cone
British a measure of coal or wood equal to 108 cubic feet
a vertical pipe, such as the funnel of a ship or the soil pipe attached to the side of a building
a high column of rock, esp one isolated from the mainland by the erosive action of the sea
an area in a computer memory for temporary storage

verb (tr)

to place in a stack; pileto stack bricks on a lorry
to load or fill up with piles of somethingto stack a lorry with bricks
to control (a number of aircraft waiting to land at an airport) so that each flies at a different altitude
stack the cards to prearrange the order of a pack of cards secretly so that the deal will benefit someone
Derived Formsstackable, adjectivestacker, noun

Word Origin for stack

C13: from Old Norse stakkr haystack, of Germanic origin; related to Russian stog

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Word Origin and History for stack up
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Science definitions for stack up



An isolated, columnar mass or island of rock along a coastal cliff. Stacks are formed by the erosion of cliffs through wave action and are larger than chimneys.
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Idioms and Phrases with stack up

stack up


Measure up, equal, as in Their gift doesn't stack up against mine. This usage alludes to piling up one's chips at poker, and comparing them to those of the other players. [Early 1900s]


Make sense, seem plausible, as in Her explanation just doesn't stack up. Also see add up, def. 2.


In addition to the idioms beginning with stack

  • stack the cards
  • stack up

also see:

  • blow one's top (stack)
  • cards are stacked
  • needle in a haystack
  • swear on a stack of bibles


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