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pile on the agony

To exaggerate one's pain, difficulties, or problems in order to get more sympathy from others. Primarily heard in UK. My wife's been piling on the agony about her sore back so that I'll do more of the work around the house this weekend. Did you hear Tom? He was really piling on the agony to the boss to try to get this Friday off work.
See also: agony, on, pile

prolong the agony

To extend a period of stress, pressure, difficulty, or discomfort beyond what is necessary. Why don't you just finish the essay tonight, rather than prolong the agony for the whole weekend? Come on, don't prolong the agony—just tell me if I was accepted or not!
See also: agony

prolong the agony

If someone or something prolongs the agony, they make an unpleasant situation last longer than it needs to. The job just wasn't working out so, rather than prolong the agony, I felt it was better to go.
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pile on the agony

exaggerate or aggravate a bad situation. informal
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prolong the agony

cause a difficult or unpleasant situation to last longer than necessary.
See also: agony

pile on the ˈagony/ˈgloom

(informal, especially British English)
1 make something unpleasant sound much worse than it really is in order to gain sympathy from other people: He always piles on the agony when he has a cold; you’d think he was dying.
2 make somebody feel even worse about an unpleasant situation: The latest fare increase just piles on the gloom for rail passengers, who already feel they are paying too much.
See also: agony, gloom, on, pile

proˌlong the ˈagony

make an unpleasant situation last longer than is necessary: Don’t prolong the agony. Just say yes or no, and then I’ll know where I stand. OPPOSITE: put somebody/something out of their/its misery
See also: agony
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