stash

verb
\ ˈstash How to pronounce stash (audio) \
stashed; stashing; stashes

Definition of stash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to store in a usually secret place for future use often used with away

stash

noun

Definition of stash (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : hiding place : cache
2 : something stored or hidden away a stash of narcotics

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Examples of stash in a Sentence

Verb

The police found where he had stashed the drugs. The gifts were stashed in the closet. He stashed the equipment under the bed. We wondered what they had stashed in their backpacks.

Noun

keeps a stash of tissues in her desk in case anyone needs one
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Several disaster preparedness websites suggest breaking it out into smaller bills and stashing it away in an envelope. Shwanika Narayan, SFChronicle.com, "How to cope with PG&E’s power shut-offs," 31 Aug. 2019 Are the Broncos trying to keep him under the radar to stash him in their practice squad? — Marcus, Los Angeles Bingo, Marcus. Ryan O'halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos Mailbag: What are the non-Garett Bolles options at left tackle?," 20 Aug. 2019 Rumors have circulated for decades that Salinger had completed multiple manuscripts and stashed them away in his rural New Hampshire home. oregonlive.com, "Long-hidden J.D. Salinger manuscripts coming to bookstore near you -- but you have to be patient," 12 Aug. 2019 Problem is, there isn’t a good business model yet for such a thing, because the whole point would be to capture CO2 and stash it away. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Sorry, But We Can’t Just Hack Our Way Out of Climate Doom," 9 Aug. 2019 Among them are Dagne Dover's neoprene Ace Fanny Pack, available in six colors with an adjustable strap (36 inches fully extended), easy-to-clean nylon lining, a front zipper pocket, and more pockets for stashing keys, cards, and cash. Rachel King, Fortune, "Tips and Treats for Stress-Free Travel With Pets," 27 July 2019 Cuyana's well-made, minimalist travel set includes two pebbled leather pouches: One bigger bag, for storing toiletries and tools, and a smaller pouch, for stashing makeup essentials and/or hairpins. Maria Cassano, Allure, "The 21 Best Makeup Bags and Cosmetic Cases for Every Budget," 29 Aug. 2018 According to the Guardian’s Mark Brown, the painting had been stashed in a box of trinkets that was purchased by a buyer in the South African city of Pietermaritzburg for the equivalent of around $34 (or £27). Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "The Charles Dickens Museum Acquires ‘Lost’ Portrait of the Author as a Young Man," 20 July 2019 That is, if the U.S. government can ever locate the billions El Chapo is thought to have stashed. Jamie Hancock, Dallas News, "Ads target Cruz, 'anti-gay' lawmakers; D-FW could decide who runs the Texas House; Dallas council member's death," 18 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Slicing apples will distract even the grumpiest teenager from his not-so-secret stash of junk. NBC News, "The case for the long weekend, summer road trip," 21 June 2019 After hearing the informant’s information, Araujo signed the warrant to search a purported drug stash house on the city’s West Side. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, "Judge, police colleagues to testify against 2 indicted Chicago gang cops," 18 June 2019 The police claimed to have found a stash of drugs in his backpack, and released photos of a small drug lab supposedly discovered in his apartment. The Economist, "A journalist’s arrest is a worrying sign of impunity in Russia," 7 June 2019 El Paso has a similar one right on the border, between the fence and a stash house used by Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa in the 1910s. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, "One border crisis averted? How Juárez and El Paso became sister cities.," 4 Jan. 2019 That stash could have paid Johannesburg’s yearly social housing budget twice over. Max De Haldevang, Quartz, "The Mauritius Leaks show the West profiting from poor nations while depriving them of tax revenue," 27 July 2019 Authorities recovered 37 pounds from the speaker box stash area, according to charging documents. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "Feds: San Jose meth dealers arrested after 37-pound deal," 19 July 2019 And the text file containing their DNA string joins the pirated Abba and Breaking Bad files in countless illicit online stashes. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "In the not-so-distant future, “synbio” could lead to global catastrophe—maybe," 18 June 2019 With the towering limestone massifs of the Julian Alps, plummeting gorges, an emerald river—and only about 3,000 permanent residents—the Trenta-Bovec-Žaga area of northwestern Slovenia has long been a secret stash for European adventurers. John Briley, National Geographic, "3 amazing outdoor adventures in Slovenia," 9 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of stash

Verb

1797, in the meaning defined above

Noun

circa 1914, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stash

Verb

origin unknown

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More Definitions for stash

stash

verb

English Language Learners Definition of stash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

informal : to put (something) in a secret or hidden place

stash

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stash (Entry 2 of 2)

informal : an amount of something that is stored or hidden

stash

verb
\ ˈstash How to pronounce stash (audio) \
stashed; stashing

Kids Definition of stash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to store in a usually secret place for future use

stash

noun

Kids Definition of stash (Entry 2 of 2)

: an amount of something stored secretly for future use

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