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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

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

pile it/them high and sell it/them cheap

To sell large quantities of something at heavily discounted prices. Primarily heard in UK. As a small, independent book shop, it's hard to compete with the massive chains that can afford to pile them high and sell them cheap. I'd be wary of any electronic devices you buy from shops that pile it high and sell it cheap.
See also: and, cheap, high, pile, sell

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 and get this Friday off work.
See also: agony, on, pile

the bottom of the pile

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 pile, perpetually ignored.
See also: bottom, of, pile

pile (something) up

To put something into a pile or heap. Just pile up your garden waste on the curb, and we will be around in the morning to collect it.
See also: pile, up

pile up

1. To accumulate, gather, or increase over time. Please don't let your dirty dishes pile up—put them in the dishwasher or clean them yourself! With Deborah out sick all week, jobs have begun to pile up in our department.
2. To crash into or on top of one another. Because of the black ice on the roads, nearly a dozen cars piled up as they tried in vain to come to a stop.
See also: pile, up

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

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

the bottom of the heap

or

the bottom of the pile

Someone who is at the bottom of the heap or the bottom of the pile is the least important of all the members of a group. At the bottom of the heap are the rural poor. People are rated by a system. Those at the bottom of the pile could be invited to pre-lunch drinks. Note: Someone who is at the top of the heap or top of the pile is high in importance in a group. Top of the heap is Debenhams, which has been launching increasingly impressive `designer' collections since 1993. Then came those who could be invited to lunch, and at the very top of the pile were the ones who could be invited to dinner.
See also: bottom, heap, of

pile (or heap) Pelion on Ossa

add an extra difficulty or task to an already difficult situation or undertaking. literary
In Greek mythology, the mountain Pelion was held to be the home of the centaurs, and the giants were said to have piled Mounts Olympus and Ossa on its summit in their attempt to reach the heavens and destroy the gods.
See also: on, ossa, Pelion, pile

make a (or your) pile

become rich. informal
Pile here means ‘a pile of money’.
See also: make, pile

pile it on

exaggerate for effect. informal
See also: on, pile

pile on the agony

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

at the bottom/top of the ˈpile/ˈheap

(informal) in a low/high position in society: You’ve no idea what life at the bottom of the pile is like, have you? When do you ever talk to ordinary people?
See also: bottom, heap, of, pile, top

make a/your ˈpile

(informal) make a lot of money: If you want to make a pile, don’t go into the restaurant business.
See also: make, 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

pile in

v.
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

v.
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

v.
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

verb
See also: make, pile

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
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The rubble has been piled up, blocking three doors, behind the The Bengal Delight, in Holbrook Lane, Holbrooks, for three weeks.
Someone ripped up a stretch of concrete and pushed it against the rear doors, barricading them shut, and then piled dirt and gravel around it.
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If you are looking at a desk piled high with papers or a closet piled high with clothes, the first thing to do is sort.
Rather than having reminders, birthday cards and class schedules piled all over the place, you'll have them organized and right at eye level.
The tree limbs, cut from cherry, pear and apple trees on the property, were piled up by a previous owner to stop the stream from cutting closer to buildings, Townsend said.
Residents have become increasingly upset over the truckloads of dirt they see being piled up along the Santa Clara River - dumping they say is illegal because it threatens the water channel and areas that have been identified as Indian burial grounds.
has completed the clean-up of nearly one million scrap tires and residual piled near Roberta, Ga.
These actions will help significantly reduce the number of waste tires piled up around California.