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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

heaping Pelion on Ossa

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 heaping Pelion on Ossa!"
See also: heap, on, ossa, Pelion

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

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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Quiero dejarlo claro: el valor enorme del libro que nos ofrece generosamente Ossa consiste en la ausencia de asepsia en el libro.
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Alberto Garcia claimed a home victory by four seconds ahead of fellow Spaniard Juan Carlos de la Ossa who he succeeded as European silver medallist in Tilburg.
The 32-year-old Ethiopian's victory saw both runner-up Juan Carlos de la Ossa and Sergiy Lebid dragged to Spanish and Ukrainian national road-running records.
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SPANIARD Juan Carlos de la Ossa sealed a thrilling win in Edinburgh as he powered to the fastest 10km time in Britain this yearHis BUPA Great Caledonian Run success quickly followed that of Jelena Prokopcuka, winner of the women's race a few minutes earlier, to complete a rare double for European athletes at the capital meeting.