stack up


stacked up; stacking up; stacks up

intransitive verb

: to add up : total
: measure up, compare
usually used with against

Examples of stack up in a Sentence

those newspapers have been stacking up in the basement since we moved here
Recent Examples on the Web The data shows how current migrations stack up against previous nights or even previous seasons. Victoria Sayo Turner, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Sep. 2023 How the rewards stack up Round-trip flights with JetBlue within the U.S. typically start at close to 8,000 points, which isn’t as low as Southwest, but still low compared to other major carriers. Ben Luthi,, 18 Sep. 2023 Longhorns defense comes up in the clutch While Wyoming had its way on the ground early, stacking up more than 100 first-half rushing yards, Texas’ defense came up with some massive stops when the situation called for it. Corey Smith, Dallas News, 17 Sep. 2023 And the political tumult stacks up all the way to the United States. Julie Turkewitz Federico Rios, New York Times, 14 Sep. 2023 More: The Beef Index: Where does Alabama’s offensive line stack up among the SEC’s heaviest? Matt Stahl |, al, 8 Sep. 2023 The Falcons are going with Desmond Ridder at QB and have stacked up at skill positions. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 2 Sep. 2023 Carmakers have been working through orders that stacked up during a prolonged period of supply issues. Stefan Nicola, Fortune, 1 Sep. 2023 Here’s how the rest of the conference stacks up, according to figures from the NCAA: Of the schools joining the conference, Stanford dwarfs every ACC school with 134 team titles, the most of any school in the country. Sportsday Staff, Dallas News, 1 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of stack up was in 1896

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Cite this Entry

“Stack up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition

stack up

: measure up sense 2, compare
see how you stack up against the champion
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