- 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 stacking
These samples are biased, stacking the deck in favor of a connection between mental disorder and violence.
Stacking my mess of chips, I looked down a third time and saw two kings ... two majestic kings.World Series of Poker: How Jonathan Miller Almost Won It All (Really)|Jonathan Miller|July 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
They are clearly trying to take over the Armed Forces by stacking its junior cadres with their own members.Morsi-less: Are Egyptians Done with the Muslim Brothers?|Hussein Ibish|July 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST
These days, people are stacking up to see the last of autumn's vibrant colors.
This great job taxed all the energies of the two men, the one cutting, the other stacking, as they went.The Copperhead|Harold Frederic
In any event the work of raking, curing, and stacking the hay, or the hauling it and pitching it into the barns was heavy work.Rural Life and the Rural School|Joseph Kennedy
They were harvesting this as we passed, carting it to the yourts in a rough sort of wooden cart, and stacking it up.The Siberian Overland Route from Peking to Petersburg,|Alexander Michie
The boat was soon swarming with soldiers, stacking their arms, and hurrying this way and that in the lamp-light.The Drummer Boy|John Trowbridge
Much care should be taken in stacking clover hay that it may shed rain properly.Clovers and How to Grow Them|Thomas Shaw
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