pile it on

pile it on

To continue to add to something until the amount or effect becomes excessive. I like what you've written so far, but you should try being more subtle with the dramatic tensions between the characters—it just feels like you're piling it on a bit. Poor Samantha. Her mother died last winter, her husband lost his job recently, and now she's been diagnosed with breast cancer. Fate has just been piling it on.
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pile it on

exaggerate for effect. informal
See also: on, pile
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Open a bag of vegan sliced cheese, crumble the cheese and pile it on top of the olives.
If you want more crunch, get a bag of chopped onions or fresh salsa from the produce section of your market and pile it on, too.