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phrasal verb
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present tense
I/you/we/theystack up
he/she/itstacks up
present participlestacking up
past tensestacked up
past participlestacked up

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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to increase continuously in a way that seems threatening
    Despite the evidence stacking up against her, she still denies the claims.
  2. 2
    [transitive] same as stack2 (sense 1)
    The books had been stacked up in neat piles.
  3. 3
    [transitive] same as stack2 (sense 2)
    She stacked the dishes up on the draining board.
  4. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] to fly above or below other planes while waiting to land
    High winds forced planes to stack up over Heathrow Airport.
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  5. 5
    [intransitive] informal to appear good, bad etc when compared with someone or something else
    Teachers will know how they stack up against national standards.
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