stash away


verb (used with object)
to put by or away as for safekeeping or future use, usually in a secret place (usually followed by away ): The squirrel stashes away nuts for winter.
something put away or hidden: a stash of gold coins buried in the garden.
a place in which something is stored secretly; hiding place; cache.
Slang. a supply of hidden drugs.

1775–85; blend of stow and cache Unabridged
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stash (stæʃ)
vb (often foll by away)
1.  informal to put or store (money, valuables, etc) in a secret place, as for safekeeping
2.  informal a secret store or the place where this is hidden
3.  slang drugs kept for personal consumption
[C20: origin unknown]

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Word Origin & History

"to conceal, hide," 1797, criminals' slang, of unknown origin, perhaps a blend of stow and cache. The noun meaning "hoard, cache" is 1914, from the verb. Slang sense of "personal supply of narcotics" is from 1942.
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