Definition of stack up in English:

stack up

Translate stack up into Spanish

phrasal verb

  • 1stack something up, stack up somethingArrange a number of things in a pile, typically a neat one.

    • ‘the books had been stacked up in three piles’
    heap, heap up, pile, pile up, make a heap of, make a pile of, make a stack of
    1. 1.1also stack something up, stack up somethingForm a large quantity.
      ‘the costs would stack up for any speculator’
      • ‘the pension scheme was stacking up an enormous future bill for the public’
      • ‘So I guess it counts for something then; it may not help stack the funds up in the bank account but at least the pressure can come off.’
      • ‘In times of extreme deadline crisis, when deadlines are stacked up all around the office like unexploded ordinance, lack of attention to personal hygiene is a professional survival mechanism.’
      • ‘It's not even the rainy season - or what we used to qualify as the rainy season, as if we knew anything about it in the first place - but the storms are stacked up out over the Pacific like pool balls on a billiard table and not a pocket in sight.’
      • ‘Straight away, after a cup of tea and an initial unpacking operation, stacking the washer up with a week's linen, he was off out to cut the grass.’
      • ‘Almost 1,000 people reported symptoms, and although no one died, every one of the 125 beds in the town's only hospital was filled, and patients were stacked up in the corridors.’
      • ‘Most of these devices have large amounts of system memory, so multiple tasks can be stacked up at once, and their big hard disks (usually around the 20GB mark) make storing contact information a simple business.’
      • ‘When projects fall behind schedule, it seems to be because these particular employees are stacked up with work and can't adhere to the project schedule.’
  • 2usually with negative Make sense; correspond to reality.

    ‘to blame the debacle on the antics of a rogue trader is not credible—it doesn't stack up’
    • ‘he is still convinced the economics stack up’
    • ‘Sorry but what you said just doesn't stack up with the odds.’
    • ‘Any way you look at it, the statement just doesn't stack up.’
  • 3North American informal Measure up; compare.

    • ‘our rural schools stack up well against their urban counterparts’
    • ‘Find out how your income stacks up compared to the rest of the world.’
    • ‘How does your pay stack up… when compared to other facility professionals?’
    • ‘I wonder how other state champs would stack up if measured the same way!’
    • ‘And how do they stack up compared to the rest of us on health care expenditures?’
    • ‘And some say our nightlife doesn't stack up when compared to Leeds.’
    • ‘If funding is how the relative merits of departments and faculties were judged, then the humanities and social sciences stacked up poorly indeed compared to the practical disciplines.’
    • ‘Wade is only one season into his tour of duty, but he is stacking up well in comparison to his predecessors.’
    • ‘How does the Federal Reserve System stack up in comparison with other central banks?’
    • ‘A look at how 1995 compares with other seasons shows how it stacks up against 1933 and other busy years.’
    • ‘It allows schools to receive comparison and external reviews to see how the institutions stack up, Blood says.’