- 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.
- 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
Related formsstack·er, nounstack·less, adjectivere·stack, verb (used with object)un·stack, adjective, verb
British Dictionary definitions for stack up
Derived Formsstackable, adjectivestacker, noun
Word Origin for stack
Science definitions for stack up
Idioms and Phrases with stack up (1 of 2)
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.
Idioms and Phrases with stack up (2 of 2)
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