Green’s Dictionary of Slang

stash n.1

1. in fig. use, a halt.

[US]‘Jack Downing’ Andrew Jackson 126: A stash had bin put tu their hopes, and the holy lambs, who were lookin for Beauty and Booty, were happily disappinted.

2. any form of cache.

[US]Jackson & Hellyer Vocab. Criminal Sl. 80: Stash [...] used as a noun in the sense of something cached.
[US]C. Himes ‘The Something in a Colored Man’ in Coll. Stories (1990) 403: Slipping away in the dead of night with his stash of hard-saved layers.
[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 208/2: Stash, n. [...] 2. Anything hidden away, as the paraphernalia of the drug addict, pistols, burglar’s tools, stolen goods, etc.
[US]Mad mag. Sept. 17: Felix gives you instant cash for your stash.
[US]E. Tidyman Shaft 147: Unless she got to his stash in the freezer, there wasn’t anything worth the trouble of stealing.
[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ Airtight Willie and Me 97: He rummaged for Jelly Drop’s cash stash.
[US]S.L. Hills Tragic Magic 142: If you need something in prison, there are certain guys you can go to like the stashman. He had the stash. He held and traded everything from money to cigarettes.
[Aus]P. Temple Black Tide (2012) [ebook] We knew he didn’t have a cash stash anywhere, not enough put away to hide out.
[UK]Guardian Rev. 22 Jan. 4: I was beginning to fear my stash of old laughs wouldn’t last a month.
[Aus]M.B. ‘Chopper’ Read Chopper 3 4: She took me straight to the stash, and what a stash it was. There was cash, jewellery and drugs.
[US]C. Goffard Snitch Jacket 43: Men [...] bragged of stashes of stripped auto parts.
[Aus]L. Redhead Thrill City [ebook] I took a blonde wig from my stash of disguises.
[SA]IOL News (Western Cape) 9 Feb. [Internet] Zim man goes to court over stolen stash.

3. attrib. use of sense 1.

[US]R. Price Clockers 5: Running in and out of the stash apartment for every ten-dollar sale.
[UK]N. Barlay Crumple Zone 14: He pulls out a card with his details on it, slips it into the stash box, and hands it to me.

4. (US) money.

[US] ‘Kitty Barrett’ in D. Wepman et al. Life (1976) 52: I’m a stone dope fiend and a turned-out whore, / And I’ll beat a trick’s stash while he’s putting the key in the door.
[US](con. 1920s) J. Thompson South of Heaven (1994) 24: Let’s have some stash, Tommy.
[US](con. early 1950s) J. Ellroy L.A. Confidential 277: [He] paid his way through school with Dick’s stash.
[US]J. Ellroy ‘Gravy Train’ in Pronzini & Adrian Hard-Boiled (1995) 500: The safe [...] where I knew he kept his dope and bribery stash.
[UK]J. Cameron Vinnie Got Blown Away 71: All of them millionaires in here. Every John got a stash outside.
[US](con. 1973) C. Stella Johnny Porno 29: This badge [...] He’s dirty so there’s a hefty stash somewhere we don’t know.
[US]G. Hayward Corruption Officer [ebk] cap. 50: I had no stash and nothing to show for it [i.e. criminality]. All of the things i did was for nothing.

5. (orig. US, also stach) a hiding place.

[US]C. Samolar ‘Argot of the Vagabond’ in AS II:9 390: A stash is a hiding-place.
[US] ‘Und. “Lingo” Brought Up-to-Date’ L.A. Times 8 Nov. K16: STASH: A hiding place for loot.
[US]A.J. Pollock Und. Speaks n.p.: The stash, hide-out or rendezvous of criminals.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 223: stach [...] stash A hiding place.
[US]N. Algren Walk on the Wild Side 152: He had as many stashes as a squirrel in October.
[US]C. Brown Manchild in the Promised Land (1969) 224: He wasn’t home or in his stash.
[US](con. 1950s) D. Goines Whoreson 251: If I knew Tony he’d make a beeline for his money stash.
[UK]Guardian 18 Dec. 1/1: If Bashir’s stash of money were disclosed [...] it would change Sudanese public opinion .

6. (drugs, also sach, stasch) a hiding place for drugs.

[US]B. Dai Opium Addiction in Chicago.
[US]D. Maurer ‘Argot of the Und. Narcotic Addict’ Pt 2 in AS XIII:3 191/2: stasch. Var. of sach. Probably a hybrid word resulting from a combination of sach or satch (from saturate) with cache. A concealed plant of narcotics, usually one which an addict keeps as a last resort in case of arrest.
[US](con. 1948) G. Mandel Flee the Angry Strangers 440: Nobody suppose to know my stash, nobody.
[US]C. Cooper Jr Scene (1996) 11: I got another pair of works in the stash at home.
[US]J. Mills Panic in Needle Park (1971) 95: You can still always go back to the stash and get what’s left after you get out of jail.
[US]J. Wambaugh Secrets of Harry Bright (1986) 171: Shaky Jim would invariably run to his stash and flush it all – maybe $500 worth of grass.
[US]T. Williams Crackhouse 151: stash location of one’s drug supply.
[UK]I. Welsh Trainspotting 222: Ah’m wishing thit she wid fuck off so ah kin git tae ma stash, cook up a shot and git a hit.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 12 May 5: Secret stashes and the theft of a doctor’s prescription pad.
[US]Simon & Burns ‘Ebb Tide’ Wire ser. 2 ep. 1 [TV script] I checked the stash. We way low.

7. (drugs) a cache of any drug, esp. cannabis.

[US]‘Lord Buckley’ Hiparama of the Classics 14: But the Cat right next to him, he’s a Benny Franklin Cat, he digs watchin’ his cash and coolin’ his stash.
[US]V.E. Smith Jones Men 148: He’s heard about all this good dope [...] and he’s looking to get a stash to take back home.
[US]R. Sabbag Snowblind (1978) 100: The difference between a one-ounce stash and a three kilo stash is the difference between some serious heat and some life imprisonment.
[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 184: Some dude [...] take you money and you stash!
[US]Newsweek 14 Dec. 60/2: The smokers ripping up the barracks floorboards to get at their stashes of el-primo no seed, no stem marijuana laid in at $50 the six-pound sandbag full.
[UK]J. Baker Walking With Ghosts (2000) 181: He [...] accepted a couple of tokes from J.D.’s magic stash.
[US]Ebonics Primer at [Internet] stash Definition: 1. the drugs one has.
[US]G. Pelecanos Night Gardener 42: I just now bought my stash.
[UK]K. Richards Life 388: She was convinced that someone had left a stash [...] She’d take the whole place apart looking for it.
[US]T. Dorsey Riptide Ultra-Glide 139: Make sure your stash is stashed. Nothing on your person except the jay in your hand.
[UK]V. McDermid Insidious Intent (2018) 48: ‘Maybe we’ll get lucky and find a stash of illegal drugs’.

8. a place (to stay).

[US]R.L. Bellem ‘Death’s Passport’ in Goodstone Pulps (1970) 112/1: He barged into my stash [...] helped himself to a jorum of skee.
[US]L. Durst Jives of Dr. Hepcat (1989) 4: The stash begins to rock, the band starts hopping, the real gone hits the floor and starts bopping.
[US]W. Brown Teen-Age Mafia 124: I found a real fancy stash where we can dig in as long as we like.
[UK]L. Deighton Horse Under Water (1976) 77: Just a little stash on East 12th at first.
[UK]N. Smith Gumshoe (1998) 126: A dead man in my modest stash.

In compounds

stash catcher (n.) (also catcher)

(drugs) one who stands outside a window to catch drugs that are thrown out during a police raid .

[US](con. 1982–6) T. Williams Cocaine Kids (1990) 28: Chillie has hired the fourteen-year-old son of the building superintendent as a ‘catcher’ – he is on call to retrieve any cocaine thrown out of the window during a bust. [Ibid.] 52: With adequate backup – lookouts, guards, touts and stash catchers – Max says these operations are low risk.
[US]T. Williams Crackhouse 10: In New York City on any given day as many as 150,000 persons may be selling or helping to distribute – as runners, stash catchers, steerers, spotters – crack cocaine on the streets.
stash-house (n.)

(US drugs) a place where a drug dealer can store a cache of drugs; also attrib.

[US]Simon & Burns Corner (1998) 22: Rent an apartment from one of the regular stash-house girls and [...] the bitch will blow profit up her nose.
[US]A.N. LeBlanc Random Family 46: Renting a dealer a room for a mill was a better way to make money than renting out your apartment as a stash house.
[US]‘Dutch’ ? (Pronounced Que) [ebook] An old raggedy house [...] used as a stash house.
[US]D. Winslow The Force [ebook] You and Russo walked into a stash house, the skels took off and there it is—money on the fucking floor.
stash pad (n.) [pad n.2 (2)]

(drugs) a room, apartment or house where drugs are stored.

‘CIA – Drugs and Campaign Fundraising’ in From the Wilderness July [Internet] Joe knew that the bodegas were being used to launder drug profits, as stash pads for drugs, as under-the-counter gun stores and as neighborhood pawn shops.

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