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Date: 1300-1400
Origin: stow 'place' (11-14 centuries), from Old English

stow

verb
     
stow also stow away [transitive always + adverb/preposition]
to put or pack something tidily away in a space until you need it again [= stash]:
I stowed my bag under the seat.
equipment stowed away in a closet

stow away

phrasal verb
to hide on a vehicle in order to travel secretly or without paying:
A boy was caught trying to stow away on a plane.

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