heaping Pelion upon Ossa

heaping Pelion upon Ossa

Adding difficulty to difficulty; fruitless efforts. The reference is to the attempt by the giants in Greek mythology to climb to heaven by piling Mount Ossa upon Mount Pelion.
See also: heap, ossa, Pelion, upon
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Not before, heaping Pelion upon Ossa, the poor girl continued to demand awkward one-to-ones, whereby she desperately tried to convince him "I hope I'm coming across in the right way, and that you're getting to know the real me.