pile on the agony

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

pile on the agony

exaggerate or aggravate a bad situation. informal
See also: agony, on, pile

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
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The Rangers fans who boycotted Tannadice are the lucky ones as Jon Daly and Russell pile on the agony and Ian Black and Kal Naismith are sent off in the dying minutes.
Blackburn plan to pile on the agony for Martin O'Neill as Sam Allardyce's side look to secure a top 10 finish.
MAGICAL Monty Panesar helped England pile on the agony at Lord's yesterday as South Africa were forced to follow on after being skittled for 247.
Ex-Huddersfield striker Andy Payton returned to his former club to pile on the agony for Bruce.
The rogue ref copped a two-year jail stretch but German chiefs want to pile on the agony by hitting him in the pocket.
BURNLEY aim to pile on the agony for Tottenham tonight and do to them what they did to Aston Villa in the last round of the League Cup.
SHAKHTAR DONETSK hitman Julius Aghahowa last night insisted they will pile on the agony for Celtic and end their European dream on Tuesday.
Elsewhere, Unibond League Burscough snatched a dramatic 3-2 injury-time victory against Gillingham to pile on the agony for under-fire manager Neale Cooper.
Glasgow Tigers are desperate to pile on the agony for Stoke Potters in what will be a grudge match of epic proportions at Ashfield tomorrow.
And more slack defending allowed Ade Akinbiyi to pile on the agony with his eighth goal of the season to push Stoke closer towards their target of First Division survival.
Throw in the Teddy Sheringham factor and you've got every reason to fancy Portsmouth, at last able to name a recognisable first team after so many injuries, and 5-1 to pile on the agony for Tottenham.
Warnock will try to pile on the agony for struggling Wilkinson tonight in the Worthington Cup fourth round.
Ray McKinnon hopes to pile on the agony for Tommy Burns today - but he insists the former Celtic boss can pull Reading off the foot of Division Two.
HEARTS goalkeeper Antti Niemi intends to pile on the agony for England on Wednesday night by helping his own side get their World Cup qualifying campaign back on track.