Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

stack up (against)

stack upstack up against
Meaning(s)
1) measure or compare something
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional MediumSocial
    • I want to see how I stack up against the competition
  • Analysis
     If you ask how something 'stacks up against' something else, you are asking 'how does it compare?' or 'how does it measure up?' This expression is frequently used to ascertain quality and competency and is therefore commonly heard in a professional environment. In a social context, it is more likely to be used in a competitive context, such as in relation to sport.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. I'm looking forward to the start of the competition. I want to see how I stack up against the best players in the world.
    2. Before I buy an expensive item I like to see how the product stacks up compared to rival products in reviews.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. I was impressed by Fiona in the interview, but her inexperience worries me. Let's give her a trial period to see how she stacks up against some of the others working here before offering a full-time position.
    2. How do our prices stack up against what other coffee shops in the area are charging? I have a feeling we are pricing ourselves out of the market.
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