Idioms

    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 forms

stack·er, nounstack·less, adjectivere·stack, verb (used with object)un·stack, adjective, verb
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British Dictionary definitions for stack up

stack

/ (stæk) /

noun


verb (tr)

Derived Forms

stackable, adjectivestacker, noun

Word Origin for stack

C13: from Old Norse stakkr haystack, of Germanic origin; related to Russian stog
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Science definitions for stack up

stack

[ stăk ]

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 (1 of 2)

stack up

1

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]


2

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

Idioms and Phrases with stack up (2 of 2)

stack

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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