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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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I have heard De la Ossa will be the one to watch,'' he said of the man who won the BUPA Great Caledonian Run 13 days ago.
De la Ossa - twice European cross country runner-up, he claimed the first silver medal in the Scottish capital 17 months ago - produced a superb long sprint 600metres from home to win in 28 minutes, 22 seconds.
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A los 92 anos de edad fallecio el ingeniero Sergio Ossa Pretot, destacado hombre publico y catolico de fuerte compromiso con la vida de la Iglesia, lo que lo llevaria, entre otras actividades, a trabajar en el proceso de canonizacion del padre Alberto Hurtado y a la presidencia del directorio del Hogar de Cristo.
In addition to the surgery conducted, a team of OSSA volunteer Basic Life Support (BLS) trainers worked closely with the health ministry to provide healthcare workers with comprehensive training for adult, child and infant victims earlier this month.
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British men's number one Mo Farah fought a gallant battle in his 10,680m contest but was relegated to sixth place as Alberto Garcia claimed a home victory by four seconds ahead of fellow Spaniard Juan Carlos de la Ossa