Green’s Dictionary of Slang

stack v.

1. (also stack it) to cease from an action; thus stacked adj. [SE stack, to pile up one’s chips in a casino].

[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 64/1: At it we went, drinking and playing until I had to ‘stack it’ for want of funds.
[US]Cincinnati Enquirer 7 Sept. 10/7: Stow it and stack it, means the same as the above [i.e. cheese it!].
[Aus](con. 1940s) T.A.G. Hungerford Sowers of the Wind 218: That got me stacked, at that.
[Aus]T. Winton Human Torpedo 34: The Guidance Officer’s smile went away. Oops, thought Lockie, that stacks it.

2. (US campus) to break up a college room [one ‘stacks’ the furniture].

[US]Van Loan ‘The National Commission Decides’ in Score by Innings (2004) 299: A practical humourist conceived the idea of letting himself into a friend’s room and ‘stackin the furniture.’.

3. to hide away; thus stacked adj., hidden away.

[US]Irwin Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 181: Stack.–To hide or conceal, as loot. From ‘stach’ or ‘stash’ as corruptions of cache, to hide; or possibly a corruption of ‘stack,’ a pile or orderly collection, in the sense that loot is carefully placed together before being hidden away.
[US] ‘Jiver’s Bible’ in D. Burley Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive.
[Ire](con. 1940s) B. Behan Borstal Boy 180: [He] was believed by the police to have a lot of it stacked away.
[US]Ragen & Finston World’s Toughest Prison 819: stack – To hide or conceal, as loot.

4. to put something aside.

[UK]‘Derek Raymond’ He Died with His Eyes Open 33: ‘We’ll stack that one.’ ‘What do you mean, stack?’ ‘Put it on one side.’.
[Aus]T. Winton Lockie Leonard, Legend (1998) 123: I stacked my hog.

5. (US black gang/campus, also stack chips, stack paper) to accumulate and/or save money.

Above the Law ‘Living Like Hustlers’ [lyrics] I max and tax and relax and stack G’s.
[US]L. Bing Do or Die (1992) 32: What does a fifteen-year-old do with that kind of money? ‘Spend it. And stack it. [...] Spend about five hundred bucks and stack like three.’.
[US]UGK ‘One Day’ [lyrics] Time to stack some paper think I’m a do it quick.
[US]College Sl. Research Project (Cal. State Poly. Uni., Pomona) [Internet] Stack chips (verb) To save money; to be thrifty.
Brand Nubian ‘Brand Nu Hustle’ [lyrics] Now I be the prince, stackin green like the Grinch.
[US]‘Dutch’ ? (Pronounced Que) [ebook] Ya, if you was stackin’ yo’ shit instead of putting it around your neck and up your nose, you’d be EATIN’ EATIN’, B.
[UK]Wiley ‘From the Outside’ [lyrics] Five bills for a grime beat, that's real / [...] / I’mma stack till I get mils.
[WI]Jamaica Obs. 26 Aug. [Internet] Joey Bada tweeted [...] ‘seeing double, stacking triple’ [...] hip hop slang for cashing in.

6. (US gang) to display one’s gang sign.

[US](con. 1990s) in J. Miller One of the Guys 84: ‘We listen to tapes and stuff, stackin’ and all this stuff’. 28 Oct. [Internet] [photo caption] Members of the Bloods gang make their hand symbol. Sometimes gang members talk to each other using just symbols. This is known as ‘stacking’.

7. see stack up v.1 (3)

In phrases

stack it (v.)

see sense 1 above.

stack chips/paper (v.)

see sense 5 above.

SE in slang uses

In phrases

stack asses (v.) [ass n. (2)]

(US) to defeat heavily, to thrash.

[US]D. Jenkins Semi-Tough 178: To get in some licks on defense and let the other side know you’ve come to stack asses.
stack it (v.) [one stacks up fantasies]

(N.Z. prison) to boast, to exaggerate.

[NZ]G. Newbold Big Huey 254: stack it (v) Boast, exaggerate.
[Aus]T. Winton ‘Defender’ in Turning (2005) 311: I really fell off bad. I stacked it. I came a cropper.
stack it up (v.)

(US) to charge exorbitant prices.

[US]‘Mark Twain’ Life on the Mississippi (1914) 393: All you’ve got to do is to just be ca’m and stack it up—they’ll stand the racket.
stack (on) (v.)

(Aus.) to contrive, to produce.

[Aus]L. Glassop We Were the Rats 193: It took guts to dong them two big M.Ps the night A Company stacked on a blue in Tel Aviv, didden it?
[Aus]L. Glassop Lucky Palmer 175: ‘Don’t stack on no blue,’ he said. ‘I’m runnin’ this game and I’m runnin’ it proper.’.
[Aus]J. Wynnum I’m a Jack, All Right 26: Imagine the act old laughing boy here is going to stack on if we’re attacked.
[Aus]R. Beckett Dinkum Aussie Dict. 12: Bunging it on: To ‘stack on side’. More or less to act out of one’s own class in the upwardly mobile sense.
stack on an act (v.)

(Aus.) to lose one’s temper and deliver a stream of obscenities/oaths.

[Aus]Baker Drum.
M. Calthorpe Defectors 11: She was prettier than he had thought, swinging about on her heels and stacking on an act.
stack on a turn (v.)

(Aus.) to make a fuss.

[Aus]T.A.G. Hungerford Ridge and River (1966) 21: I guess I must’ve stacked on a turn. I’m sorry.
[Aus]J. Hibberd White with Wire Wheels (1973) 159: How was she? Stacking on a turn?
[Aus](con. 1941) R. Beilby Gunner 213: You stacked on quite a turn. That’s when I knew you were going to live.
[Aus]Australian Mag. 21 Nov. 19: For reasons best known to himself, Mr Bjelke Petersen stacked on a turn and the negotiations broke down [GAW4].
[Aus]R. Beckett Dinkum Aussie Dict. 12: Bung on a blue: To ‘stack on a turn’; with women an attack of hysterics, with men a fist fight.
stack one’s drapery (v.) (also stack one’s apparel)

(Aus.) to put one’s jacket (and at one time hat) on the ground before starting a fight.

[Aus]Kia Ora Coo-ee 15 Oct. 2/3: Donnelly! Come on Donnelly, you’ve lived too long! Come out here and stack your apparel, till I kill you.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 10 Aug. 17/8: The two belligerents ‘stacked their drapery’, shed their upper garments and stood forth in the lamplight stripped to the waist.
[Aus]Baker Popular Dict. Aus. Sl.
[Aus]N. Pulliam I Travelled a Lonely Land (1957) 239/2: stack your drapery – take off your coat and hat, gloves and glasses and get ready to fight.
stack the deck (v.) (also stack the cards) [poker imagery]

(US) to arrange things in one’s favour, usu. dishonestly.

Univ. Western Ontario Gazette Vol. 91 Issue 62, 20 Jan. [Internet] The boys in Oasis seem to enjoy stacking the cards against themselves. After spending a few years pissing off everyone from the Queen to Damon Alburn (Blur) and frequently cancelling their notoriously lacklustre gigs while telling everyone that they’re the world’s best band in the process – it seemed as though England’s favourite bad boys were starting to annoy just about everyone.
[Can]Toronto Star 26 Oct. [Internet] Harper has acknowledged some Alliance members are taking out Tory memberships but has denied there is any conspiracy to stack the deck in the ratification vote.
stack up/stack up to (v.)

see separate entries.

stack Zs (v.)

see under z n.1