heap of

(a) heap of (something)

a great deal of something. Tom's got a heap of money, but no one to spend it on. A teacher has to have a heap of patience as well as a lot of smarts.
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The same sort of process has perhaps been undergone by wiser men, when they have been cut off from faith and love--only, instead of a loom and a heap of guineas, they have had some erudite research, some ingenious project, or some well-knit theory.
Then he led her to a chamber in his palace where there was a great heap of straw, and gave her a spinning-wheel, and said, 'All this must be spun into gold before morning, as you love your life.
A very little boy stood upon a heap of gravel for the honor of Rum Alley.
Nothing left but a dull and dreary blank--a smouldering heap of dust and ashes--the silence and solitude of utter desolation.
Joe made no answer, but stretched himself out luxuriously on his heap of quartz.
With no small labour we removed the heap of stones which the Moors, according to their custom, had thrown upon the body, and discovered the treasure we came in search of.
I fancy the popular ex- pectation of a heap of charred corpses was disappointed at this inanimate bulk.
Salton's signal, the carriage drew up opposite a great heap of stones by the wayside.
A little way up the hill, for instance, was a great heap of granite, bound together by masses of aluminium, a vast labyrinth of precipitous walls and crumpled heaps, amidst which were thick heaps of very beautiful pagoda-like plants--nettles possibly--but wonderfully tinted with brown about the leaves, and incapable of stinging.
In order to do this, I gathered a great heap of grapes in one place, a lesser heap in another place, and a great parcel of limes and lemons in another place; and taking a few of each with me, I travelled homewards; resolving to come again, and bring a bag or sack, or what I could make, to carry the rest home.
They were but an atom, here, in a mountain heap of misery, the very sight of which increased their hopelessness and suffering.
But he lies yonder, under a little heap of poor grass.
This is thrown in heaps, and when the season for skinning is over, they take out the entrails and make one heap of the blubber.
From the moment Pierre had witnessed those terrible murders committed by men who did not wish to commit them, it was as if the mainspring of his life, on which everything depended and which made everything appear alive, had suddenly been wrenched out and everything had collapsed into a heap of meaningless rubbish.
One morning early, we had scratched out of the wall quite a heap of fragments.