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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.
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pile the agony on

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 the agony on 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 the agony on to the boss to try to get this Friday off work.
See also: agony, on, pile

prolong the agony

To extend a period of stress, pressure, difficulty, or discomfort beyond what is necessary. Why don't you just finish the essay tonight, rather than prolong the agony for the whole weekend? Come on, don't prolong the agony—just tell me if I was accepted or not!
See also: agony
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prolong the agony

If someone or something prolongs the agony, they make an unpleasant situation last longer than it needs to. The job just wasn't working out so, rather than prolong the agony, I felt it was better to go.
See also: agony
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pile on the agony

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

prolong the agony

cause a difficult or unpleasant situation to last longer than necessary.
See also: agony
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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

proˌlong the ˈagony

make an unpleasant situation last longer than is necessary: Don’t prolong the agony. Just say yes or no, and then I’ll know where I stand. OPPOSITE: put somebody/something out of their/its misery
See also: agony
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The London Weekend Television comedy began on March 11, 1979, and was created by real-life agony aunt Anna Radburn and American-born writer Len Richmond, who had worked on Three's Company and the US version of Man About The House.
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On Monday, Mandmind updated fans of its video game via (https://steamcommunity.com/games/487720/announcements/detail/1681414081389917641) Steam about it decision to terminate the development of the unrated version of "Agony" for PC.
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The book written by Berwick Hillsborn author Jamie Boyle, called 'Sykes: Unfinished Agony', and its upcoming sequel, 'Sykes: Further Agony', have now been lined up for a film.
WHEN your mother's a famous agony aunt taking up a profession that's wildly different must be high on the agenda - so becoming a food reviewer with a sideline in jazz has established Jay Rayner as, not only an entertainer, but an expert in his own right.
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Sunderland-born Denise Robertson is perhaps best known as the resident agony aunt on the ITV show This Morning, appearing since its first ever broadcast on October 3, 1988 - but the writer and broadcaster's credentials go back even further.
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In the past, sympathetic doctors - seeing their patient in agony, may have administered quantities of drugs that reduce the pain, but might marginally accelerate death.