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pile 1

1. A quantity of objects stacked or thrown together in a heap. See Synonyms at heap.
2. Informal
a. A large accumulation or quantity: a pile of work to do.
b. A large amount of money: made a pile in the real estate boom.
3. A nuclear reactor.
4. A voltaic pile.
5. A very large building or complex of buildings.
6. A funeral pyre.
v. piled, pil·ing, piles
a. To place or lay in a pile or heap: piled books onto the table.
b. To load (something) with a heap or pile: piled the table with books.
2. To add or increase to abundance or to a point of burdensomeness: piled homework on the students.
1. To form a heap or pile.
2. To move in, out, or forward in a disorderly mass or group: pile into a bus; pile out of a car.
Phrasal Verbs:
pile on
1. To leap onto an existing pile of people, especially football players.
2. To add or increase (something, such as criticism) abundantly or excessively.
pile up
1. To accumulate: Work is piling up.
2. Informal To undergo a serious vehicular collision.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin pīla, pillar.]

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pile 2

1. A heavy post of timber, concrete, or steel, driven into the earth as a foundation or support for a structure.
2. Heraldry A wedge-shaped charge pointing downward.
3. A Roman javelin.
tr.v. piled, pil·ing, piles
1. To drive piles into.
2. To support with piles.

[Middle English, from Old English pīl, shaft, stake, from Latin pīlum, spear, pestle.]

pile 3

a. Cut or uncut loops of yarn forming the surface of certain fabrics, such as velvet, plush, and carpeting.
b. The surface so formed.
2. Soft fine hair, fur, or wool.

[From Middle English piles(attested only in plural) downy hair, downy plumage, partly from Anglo-Norman peil, pil, hair, coat (as of a horse), cloth with a thick nap, and partly from Latin pilus, hair (Anglo-Norman, from Latin).]

piled adj.
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pile up

vb (adverb)
1. to gather or be gathered in a pile; accumulate
2. informal to crash or cause to crash
informal a multiple collision of vehicles
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.pile up - collect or gatherpile up - collect or gather; "Journals are accumulating in my office"; "The work keeps piling up"
increase - become bigger or greater in amount; "The amount of work increased"
backlog - accumulate and create a backlog
accrete - grow or become attached by accretion; "The story accreted emotion"
drift - be piled up in banks or heaps by the force of wind or a current; "snow drifting several feet high"; "sand drifting like snow"
2.pile up - arrange into piles or stacks; "She piled up her books in my living room"
gather, pull together, collect, garner - assemble or get together; "gather some stones"; "pull your thoughts together"
3.pile up - get or gather togetherpile up - get or gather together; "I am accumulating evidence for the man's unfaithfulness to his wife"; "She is amassing a lot of data for her thesis"; "She rolled up a small fortune"
run up - pile up (debts or scores)
corral - collect or gather; "corralling votes for an election"
collect, pull in - get or bring together; "accumulate evidence"
scrape up, scrape, scratch, come up - gather (money or other resources) together over time; "She had scraped together enough money for college"; "they scratched a meager living"
chunk, lump - put together indiscriminately; "lump together all the applicants"
bale - make into a bale; "bale hay"
catch - take in and retain; "We have a big barrel to catch the rainwater"
fund - accumulate a fund for the discharge of a recurrent liability; "fund a medical care plan"
fund - place or store up in a fund for accumulation
salt away, stack away, stash away, store, hive away, lay in, put in - keep or lay aside for future use; "store grain for the winter"; "The bear stores fat for the period of hibernation when he doesn't eat"
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1. A group of things gathered haphazardly:
2. Informal. A great deal:
Informal: barrel, heap, lot, pack, peck.
Regional: power, sight.
3. Slang. A large sum of money:
4. A usually permanent construction, such as a house or store:
1. To put into a disordered pile.Also used with up:
2. To make or become full; put as much into as can be held:
3. To fill to overflowing:
4. To leave one's bed:
Informal: turn out.
phrasal verb
pile up
1. To bring together so as to increase in mass or number:
2. Informal. To undergo wrecking:
Informal: crack up.
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w>pile up

(lit, fig)sich (an)sammeln or anhäufen; (traffic)sich stauen; (snow, work)sich (auf)türmen or anhäufen; (reasons)sich häufen; (evidence)sich verdichten; (points)sich ansammeln; he let the work pile updie Arbeit türmte sich auf
(= crash)aufeinander auffahren
vt sep
(= stack up)(auf)stapeln; moneyhorten; (fig) debtsanhäufen; evidencesammeln; her hair was piled up on top of her headsie trug ihre Haare hoch aufgetürmt; to pile the fire up (with logs/coal)(Holz/Kohle) nachlegen; he’s piling up trouble for himselfer handelt sich (dat)Ärger ein
(inf, = crash) carkaputt fahren
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(pail) noun
1. a (large) number of things lying on top of each other in a tidy or untidy heap; a (large) quantity of something lying in a heap. There was a neat pile of books in the corner of the room; There was pile of rubbish at the bottom of the garden.
2. a large quantity, especially of money. He must have piles of money to own a car like that.
to make a pile of (something); to put (something) in a pile. He piled the boxes on the table.
ˈpile-up noun
an accident or crash involving usually several vehicles. There has been a serious pile-up on the motorway, involving three cars and a lorry.
pile up
to make or become a pile; to accumulate. He piled up the earth at the end of the garden; The rubbish piled up in the kitchen.
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His two-month stint has been riddled with challenges - impounding of garbage trucks, deaths because of cholera and chikungunya outbreak due to waste pile ups and illegal dumping.
Regarding tailgating and flashing, the Brigadier described the phenomenon as a potential cause of accidents and pile ups, noting that drivers who exhibit such an aggressive behaviour can be fined for not maintaining a safe distance with the vehicle ahead.