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make a pile

To earn a very large amount of money, especially by doing something very successfully. We'll make a pile if we can manage to secure a trading partner in China. I hear Sarah is making a pile with sales from her latest novel.
See also: make, pile

pile on the pounds

To put on weight quickly, especially a large or excessive amount. Wow, Jim really piled on the pounds on while he was on his sabbatical. I'm trying to pile on the pounds so I can make it on the football team this fall!
See also: on, pile, pound

pile Pelion on Ossa

1. To further complicate something that is already tedious or challenging. Ossa and Pelion are two mountains in Greece. A: "I told Becky you would pick her up." B: "I already have so much to do today—quit piling Pelion on Ossa!" Just when I thought I was almost done sorting these files, my boss piled Pelion on Ossa and brought me another box of them.
2. To do something that seems futile. I know that I'm just piling Pelion on Ossa by telling you to stay away from that boy, but I'm your father, and I don't want to see you get hurt. That couch will never fit up the steps—tell them to stop piling Pelion on Ossa!
See also: on, ossa, Pelion, pile

at the bottom of the heap

In the worst or lowest position in a group. As far as our government is concerned, kids born into poverty are just at the bottom of the heap, perpetually ignored.
See also: bottom, heap, of

make a bundle

To make a very large amount of money, especially by doing something very successfully. We'll make a bundle if we can manage to secure a trading partner in China. I hear Sarah is making a bundle with sales from her latest novel.
See also: bundle, make

make a bundle

 and make a pile
to make a lot of money. John really made a bundle on that deal. I'd like to make a pile and retire.
See also: bundle, make

pile in(to something)

to climb in or get in roughly. Okay, kids, pile in! The children piled into the car and slammed the door.
See also: pile

pile off (something)

to get down off something; to clamber down off something. All the kids piled off the wagon and ran into the barn. She stopped the wagon, and they piled off.
See also: off, pile

pile on(to) (someone or something)

to make a heap of people on someone or something. The football players piled onto the poor guy holding the ball. They ran up to the ball carrier and piled on.
See also: on, pile

pile out (of something)

[for many people] to get out of something roughly. Okay, kids, pile out! The car door burst open, and the children piled out.
See also: out, pile

pile someone into something

 and pile someone in
to bunch people into something in a disorderly fashion. She piled the kids into the van and headed off for school. She piled in the kids and closed the doors. Pile them in and let's go. They piled themselves into the car and sped off.
See also: pile

pile someone or something on(to) someone or something

 and pile someone or something on
to heap people or things onto someone or something. The wrestler piled the referee onto his unconscious opponent. We piled the kids on the heap of leaves we had raked up. Pile on the chili! What's a hot dog without chili?
See also: on, pile

pile something up

1. to crash or wreck something. Drive carefully if you don't want to pile the car up. The driver piled up the car against a tree.
2. to make something into a heap. Carl piled all the leaves up and set them afire. Please pile up the leaves.
See also: pile, up

pile the work on (someone)

Fig. to give someone a lot of work to do. The boss really piled the work on me this week. The boss piled on the work this week.
See also: on, pile, work

pile up

1. Lit. [for things] to gather or accumulate. The newspapers began to pile up after a few days. Work is really piling up around here.
2. Fig. [for a number of vehicles] to crash together. Nearly twenty cars piled up on the bridge this morning.
See also: pile, up

the bottom of the heap

also the bottom of the pile
the lowest rank within a group Being near the bottom of the heap, the company has nowhere to go but up. Those at the bottom of the heap feel that no one cares about them.
Opposite of: the top of the heap
See also: bottom, heap, of

pile up something

also pile something up
to increase something Many civilians were killed - the evidence continues to pile up. The company piled up hundreds of millions of dollars of losses over the last year.
Usage notes: usually used in passive forms: Earnings began piling up from the sale of the new switches.
See also: pile, up

at the bottom of the heap/pile

in a worse situation than anyone else in a group of people Those at the bottom of the heap feel that society has failed them. The homeless are at the bottom of the pile with little hope of improving their situation.
See also: bottom, heap, of

pile it/them high and sell it/them cheap

  (mainly British)
to sell large amounts of something at cheap prices The shops at the lower end of the clothing market have survived by piling it high and selling it cheap.
See also: and, cheap, high, pile, sell

pile on the agony

  (British & Australian informal)
to try to get sympathy from other people by making your problems seem worse than they really are (usually in continuous tenses) He was really piling on the agony, saying he was heart-broken and hadn't got anything left to live for.
See also: on, pile

make a bundle

Also, make a pile. Make a great deal of money, as in When the market went up they made a bundle, or He made a pile from that department store. The first term, dating from about 1900, comes from the somewhat earlier use of bundle for a roll of banknotes. The variant, alluding to a heap of money, was first recorded in 1864.
See also: bundle, make

pile into

Move in a disorderly group into, crowd into, as in The team piled into the bus. The related expression pile in takes no object, as in Jack opened the car door and yelled, "Pile in!" [First half of 1800s]
See also: pile

pile up

1. Accumulate, as in The leaves piled up in the yard, or He piled up a huge fortune. In this idiom pile means "form a heap or mass of something." [Mid-1800s]
2. Be involved in a crash, as in When the police arrived, at least four cars had piled up. [Late 1800s]
See also: pile, up

pile in

1. To enter something or some place in a disorderly mass or group: All six of us piled in the car. The subway doors opened and the passengers piled in.
2. To move some people into something or some place in a disorderly fashion: Pile the kids in the van and let's go. I opened the cellar door and piled the logs in. The truck is full and I don't think we can pile in any more rugs.
See also: pile

pile out

To exit something or some place in a disorderly mass or group: When we reached the store, the kids piled out of the van. I opened the door and the crowd piled out.
See also: out, pile

pile up

1. To arrange something into a pile: We piled up the firewood in the garage. I piled the dirty dishes up in the sink.
2. To accumulate: My bills piled up while I was in the hospital.
3. To cause something to accumulate: The company is piling up debt with its risky investments. The team piled 40 points up in the first half of the game.
4. To crash into each other; collide. Used especially of vehicles: Because of the thick fog, dozens of cars piled up on the freeway.
See also: pile, up

make a bundle

and make a pile
tv. to make a lot of money. (see also bundle.) She made a bundle on a website investment. I want to buy a few stocks and make a pile in a few years.
See also: bundle, make

make a pile

See also: make, pile


n. a large amount of money. That old lady has a pile stashed in the bank.

pile of shit

1. n. a mass of lies. (Refers to bullshit. Usually objectionable.) He came in and told me this great pile of shit about how his alarm clock was in the shop.
2. n. any worthless structure or device. (Usually objectionable.) Take this pile of shit back where you bought it and get your money back.
3. n. a totally worthless person. (Rude and derogatory.) Todd, you are the biggest pile of shit I’ve ever seen.
See also: of, pile, shit
References in classic literature ?
Opposite it, upon either bank of the river, are tumbled piles of ruins overgrown with vegetation.
It would seem that each separate formation, like the whole pile of formations in any country, has generally been intermittent in its accumulation.
A man must for years examine for himself great piles of superimposed strata, and watch the sea at work grinding down old rocks and making fresh sediment, before he can hope to comprehend anything of the lapse of time, the monuments of which we see around us.
The most skilful geologist, if his attention had been exclusively confined to these large territories, would never have suspected that during the periods which were blank and barren in his own country, great piles of sediment, charged with new and peculiar forms of life, had elsewhere been accumulated.
The features in the scenery of the Andes which struck me most, as contrasted with the other mountain chains with which I am acquainted, were, -- the flat fringes sometimes expanding into narrow plains on each side of the valleys, -- the bright colours, chiefly red and purple, of the utterly bare and precipitous hills of porphyry, the grand and continuous wall-like dykes, -- the plainly- divided strata which, where nearly vertical, formed the picturesque and wild central pinnacles, but where less inclined, composed the great massive mountains on the outskirts of the range, -- and lastly, the smooth conical piles of fine and brightly coloured detritus, which sloped up at a high angle from the base of the mountains, sometimes to a height of more than 2000 feet.
The Placer County Air Pollution Control District sponsored -- in cooperation with the UC Berkeley Center for Forestry, United States Forest Service (USFS) Rocky Mountain Research Station Missoula Fire Lab, and UC Davis Biological and Agricultural Engineering -- a case study to quantify the energy, air quality and GHG benefits, as well as the economics, of utilizing woody biomass wastes generated at Blodgett Forest Research Station (BFRS) for renewable energy at the Buena Vista Biomass Power (BVBP) facility as an alternative to the status quo of open pile burning.
Heavy rain on Saturday reduced the visible impact of the pile but it left behind a trail from the pile to the road.
sections and the concrete pile cutter saw has a 3-hp pneumatic motor, operating on 90 psi at 80 CFM.
The company, which is owned by Sent - the Abu Dhabi government-backed conglomerate responsible for industrial development, said that the first 1,750 tons of sheet pile produced in the region was sold into Europe last month.
It was on December 1, 2013 that the company's first sheet pile brand was launched: the z-shaped "ESZ18".
The bearing capacity of the installed pile (Adejumo, Boiko 2013) can be verified by applying one of the following methods: by applying the static pile test (ASTM D1143/D1143M-07 2007), dynamic pile test (ASTM D4945-08 2008) or the Standard Test Method for Axial Compressive Force Pulse Testing of Deep Foundations (rapid) (ASTM D7383-10 2010).
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Locals living in Doy-anE-ehir, a district of the eastern province of Malatya, have called on the government to take legal action to close down sand piles which are damaging their crops, including apple trees.
Dallas Lenius, President of Force Pile Driving, says he expects William Joseph's creative work to contribute to the growth of the company.