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heap something (up)on someone or something

1. Lit. to pile something up on someone or something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) Please don't heap so much trouble upon me! Wally heaped leaves on the flower bed.
2. Fig. to give someone too much of something, such as homework, praise, criticism, etc. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) Don't heap too much praise on her. She will get conceited. The manager heaped criticism on the workers.
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heap something on somebody/something

to express a strong opinion about someone or something Other leaders heaped praise on the president at the meeting.
Usage notes: often heap scorn on someone or something (to express a strong lack of respect): He heaped scorn on those who thought the plan would work.
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