stack up

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stack up (third-person singular simple present stacks up, present participle stacking up, simple past and past participle stacked up)

  1. (transitive) To put into a stack.
    Stack up the boxes.
  2. (intransitive) to pile up; to accumulate.
  3. (idiomatic, transitive) To put a group of abstract things together.
    to stack up memories
  4. Often followed by against or among: to compare with (something); to measure up.
    • 1939, Milwaukee Journal, issue of 7th September, page 3:
      "How Populations Stack Up Among Nations At War" (name of the article)
    • 1973, The Paper Chase, 01:17:10
      This is a great outline. Fantastic. If yours doesn't stack up, you won't get a chance to look at it.
    • 2018 June 18, Phil McNulty, “Tunisia 1 – 2 England”, in BBC Sport[1], archived from the original on 21 April 2019:
      [Rahim] Sterling's attitude and ability is never in doubt, never ducking a challenge or dropping his intensity, but the numbers are simply not stacking up at England level.
    • 2021 February 24, Richard Clinnick, “Decarbonisation key to retaining financial support”, in RAIL, number 925, page 18:
      Meaney said the rail industry needs to be honest with itself when discussing major investment projects, and to ask if the business case stacks up.