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pile on the gloom

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 gloom 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 gloom to the boss to try to get this Friday off work.
See also: gloom, on, 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
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EVERTON'S midweek Europa struggles with Apollon Limassol, the haemorrhoid cream of champions, has piled on the gloom at Goodison Park.
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The news piled on the gloom. This week, Nokia - the world's largest mobile phone maker - and its rival Ericsson pointed to worsening market conditions.
Teenage midfielder Danny Murphy piled on the gloom for promotion rivals Chesterfield with the other two goals to take Crewe's haul for the season to just two short of a century.
The news piled on the gloom in the City, which has already seen Credit Suisse First Boston and JP Morgan axe staff.