What is the X in X-mas?
"to conceal, hide," 1797, criminals' slang, of unknown origin, perhaps a blend of stow and cache. Related: Stashed; stashing.
"hoard, cache," 1914, from stash (v.). Slang sense of "personal supply of narcotics" is from 1942.
[1936+; fr the scratch-line, the starting line for races, often scratched in the earth]
A system of defense against guided missiles that depends on orbiting laser-beam weapons: to spend between $22 billion to $29 billion over the next four years to build a ''Star Wars'' defense
[1983+; fr the name of a very popular science-fiction movie of 1977]