Main definitions of stash in English

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stash1

verb

[WITH OBJECT]informal
  • Store (something) safely in a hidden or secret place:

    ‘their wealth had been stashed away in Swiss banks’
    • ‘Stain solutions and cleaning supplies are usually stashed under the kitchen sink.’
    • ‘His accomplices had stashed the cans at a nearby toilet block before re-entering and looking for cash.’
    • ‘With the excitement surrounding Isas and stakeholder pensions, which finally arrived last week, you would think we were all stashing our cash away like there was no tomorrow.’
    • ‘Early last month a highway patrol cop spotted Jerome Broaster stashing a gun inside a brown Oldsmobile in the course of a routine traffic stop.’
    • ‘But many have been bought by Scots who are stashing them away at home in case of an outbreak.’
    • ‘American authorities have scaled back the estimates of how much treasure was looted from Iraq's National Museum after discovering that museum officials have been stashing items in secret vaults for at least 13 years.’
    • ‘This alludes to the idea that the government has been carefully stashing surpluses, but households and businesses haven't.’
    • ‘The agents handcuffed him and took possession of his car in which the alleged heroin was stashed in the trunk.’
    • ‘One of Clayton's later experiments with the resourceful jays involved observing how they behaved when stashing food in caches that might be robbed by other birds.’
    • ‘The drugs were stashed inside a package of health food addressed to a prisoner in Frankland Prison, County Durham.’
    • ‘Small storage containers with drawers are the latest great fad for stashing goods.’
    • ‘We stashed the new purchases in the boot of the car and walked across the footbridge to sit and watch tourists by the London eye.’
    • ‘Saturday never seemed to end, with the organizing of boxes, and stashing them in the storage for later use.’
    • ‘After stashing my stuff into my room, we went back to the Motel and had dinner at the Motel Resturant.’
    • ‘Saving for retirement isn't simply a matter of stashing your money away for later.’
    • ‘In fact, it is stashed inside a storage box in my bedroom right this moment.’
    • ‘There are plenty of big pockets for stashing valuables while there is also funky detailing at the knees which serves no purpose other than to remind you where they are situated.’
    • ‘The culprit, an office worker, was robbing his female colleagues, but no one could figure out where he was stashing the purses.’
    • ‘Perhaps they just wanted to know where he had stashed the keys to the gorgeous Lotus 7 he drove in the opening sequence.’
    • ‘A 50-year-old retired petty criminal has been jailed after stashing a pump-action shotgun for a ‘hit man’.’
    store, stow, pack, load, cache, garner, hide, conceal, secrete
    hoard, put aside, set aside, put by, lay by, lay aside, save, stockpile, keep in reserve, reserve, deposit, keep, put by for a rainy day
    salt away, squirrel away
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noun

informal
  • 1A store or supply of something, typically one that is kept hidden or secret:

    ‘the man grudgingly handed over a stash of notes’
    • ‘Many years ago Universal Pictures melted down a stash of its silent films in order to salvage the silver and in 1948 dumped the remainder to free up storage space for its new films.’
    • ‘Police also found a stash of jewellery on the man.’
    • ‘So I packed a stash of chocolates and biscuits in my bag!’
    • ‘Blithe references are made to jet setting from one US city to the next, and accessing a stash of lucre in a secret Swiss bank account.’
    • ‘Shoppers are being urged to be aware after police and trading standards officials seized a stash of counterfeit goods worth £5,000 in Morecambe.’
    • ‘When it's too hot or too rainy even to visit the park with the kids, a stash of arts and crafts supplies and a few treats extraordinaire may very well save your sanity.’
    • ‘It's no wonder that the way some people handle it is to have a stash of secret savings hidden from their partner as some kind of insurance.’
    • ‘Take a stash of decent industrial strength tea bags.’
    • ‘A search of his home turned up a stash of replica guns, which investigators presumed were stored for use in framing suspects.’
    • ‘I've heard stories flying around about paint cans, defective sprinkler systems, and a stash of fireworks in the back room of the comic-book store.’
    • ‘Three suspected terrorists were arrested after armed police stormed commercial premises in Morecambe and unearthed a stash of firearms.’
    • ‘Foot found out that a frank talk with her daughter was overdue when she found a stash of contraceptives hidden in her 14-year-old's room.’
    • ‘What's more, he had bragged while in prison about having a stash of money buried near Bowden, and it's possible someone killed his family while trying to get at it.’
    • ‘But there is a stash of material that currently does not earn the BBC a penny, and for which it owns exclusive rights.’
    • ‘Billed as a true story (which it isn't), this Coen brothers masterpiece set in motion a wild-goose chase for a stash of cash buried near a highway in North Dakota.’
    • ‘Although police found nothing on the man and woman, both from Bristol, they found a stash of stolen goods in the car worth £180.’
    • ‘I would always have a stash of $200 to $300 that I could give away.’
    • ‘Despite that incident his mother allowed him to keep a stash of weapons in his bedroom, including a Gurkha's kukri knife, a sword sheathed in a walking stick and a 3ft samurai sword.’
    • ‘And I was just thinking that homelessness wasn't so bad when I came across an old man sleeping against a stash of plastic bags stuffed with refuse.’
    • ‘In the VIP section, or VNP (Very Nice People) as Innocent called it, we amused ourselves by reading a stash of Innocent bottle labels.’
    cache, hoard, stock, stockpile, store, supply, accumulation, collection, reserve, fund, pool
    amassment
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    1. 1.1 A quantity of an illegal drug, especially one kept for personal use:
      ‘one prisoner tried to swallow his stash’
      • ‘They took away her work and when she was dying they took away the stash of drugs that kept her going, says Ross.’
      • ‘James figured the core was steel to keep predators and authorities away from the drug stash and the cash inside.’
      • ‘The two undercover Chinese-speaking agents were posing as drug buyers, while the target Chinese person was supposed to have a large stash of heroin imported from Thailand.’
      • ‘Jason points to the stash of drugs and watches as John throws down a bundle of notes.’
      • ‘They're also more likely to be on the alert for, say, gun or drug stashes, allowing them to prevent possible future crimes.’
      • ‘A nearby chamber contained huge stashes of drugs as well as an HIV testing kit, according to US forces.’
      • ‘Earlier, an auxiliary nurse was sacked for allegedly stealing class C drugs after a stash was discovered at a house in Trafford which was traced back to Trafford Healthcare Trust.’
      • ‘This is where I got most of my drug stash; they were just giving it away as if it were candy.’
      • ‘The private eye had found two stashes of drugs but none of the material that his employer wanted to locate.’
      • ‘Somehow, none of them brought along a private stash of booze or drugs.’
      • ‘It's not clear just how much Meth Smith had in her illegal stash, but presumably if police found even a small amount she could have been prosecuted.’
      • ‘In my initial statement to the police I had admitted to handing the keys of the flat over to someone to use as a drug stash.’
      • ‘Even though every time Scott would stay at his house he would pull out his stash of assorted drugs and start smoking right in his face, not to mention offering him a hit every now and then.’
      • ‘She says he asked for marijuana, but she did not have any, and she dug into her illegal stash of crystal meth instead.’
      • ‘Drugs officers found a stash of illegal substances at his Thai girlfriend's home in the resort of Pattaya, 120 miles east of Bangkok, last year.’
      • ‘However, officers arrested the pair and a search of Arnold's car revealed a large stash of class A drugs.’
      • ‘And on the corners where dealers gather, broken glass and trash are deliberately strewn about the curbsides and sidewalks to make it easier to drop drug stashes among the litter and retrieve them later.’
      • ‘Any stashes of cash, drugs or guns would most likely be discovered and made to vanish - be it by the girls, or the police.’
      • ‘The court heard that he threw the stash of hard drugs out of the window when police called at the home of a friend on the Pewsham Estate.’
      • ‘My mom gave me a bunch of drugs, her whole stash, and then left.’
  • 2dated A hiding place or hideout.

    • ‘Susan Sontag went to see Philip Johnson, the New York architect, or rather she ‘moseyed along to his stash on Park’.’

Origin

Late 18th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

stash

/staʃ/

Main definitions of stash in English

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stash2

noun

US
informal
  • A moustache.

    • ‘Sandy is a superannuated swinger, complete with stash, burns and a 17-year-old hippie on his arm.’

Origin

1940s: shortened form.

Pronunciation:

stash

/staʃ/