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pile on the pounds

To put on weight quickly, especially a large or excessive amount. Wow, Jim really piled on the pounds on while he was on his sabbatical. I'm trying to pile on the pounds so I can make it on the football team this fall!
See also: on, pile, pound

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

pile up

1. To accumulate, gather, or increase over time. Please don't let your dirty dishes pile up—put them in the dishwasher or clean them yourself! With Deborah out sick all week, jobs have begun to pile up in our department.
2. To put something into a pile or heap. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "pile" and "up." Just pile up your garden waste on the curb, and we will be around in the morning to collect it.
3. To crash into or on top of one another. Because of the black ice on the roads, nearly a dozen cars piled up as they tried in vain to come to a stop.
See also: pile, up

pile it on

To add a large and unnecessary amount of something. I like what you've written so far, but you should try being a bit 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 of last winter, her husband lost his job recently, and now she's been diagnosed with breast cancer. Fate has just been piling it on.
See also: on, pile

pile in(to) something

1. To enter into something in a rough, disorderly fashion. We had Jake and all his friends pile into the van after their soccer practice. OK, everybody pile in, the train doors won't stay open for long!
2. To gather and load a large number of people or things into something, especially in a rough, disorderly fashion. Jake's car was broken, so Samantha just piled us all into hers. You can just pile all those books into my backpack.
See also: pile, something

pile out (of something)

To exit or disembark from something in a rough, disorderly fashion. Jake and his friends piled out of the van to go to soccer practice. We need to count heads as you leave the bus, so don't everyone pile out all at once!
See also: out, pile

pile something up

1. to crash or wreck something. Drive carefully if you don't want to pile the car up. The driver piled up the car against a tree.
2. to make something into a heap. Carl piled all the leaves up and set them afire. Please pile up the leaves.
See also: pile, up

pile up

1. Lit. [for things] to gather or accumulate. The newspapers began to pile up after a few days. Work is really piling up around here.
2. Fig. [for a number of vehicles] to crash together. Nearly twenty cars piled up on the bridge this morning.
See also: pile, up

pile up

1. Accumulate, as in The leaves piled up in the yard, or He piled up a huge fortune. In this idiom pile means "form a heap or mass of something." [Mid-1800s]
2. Be involved in a crash, as in When the police arrived, at least four cars had piled up. [Late 1800s]
See also: pile, up

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

pile it on

exaggerate for effect. informal
See also: on, pile

pile up

1. To arrange something into a pile: We piled up the firewood in the garage. I piled the dirty dishes up in the sink.
2. To accumulate: My bills piled up while I was in the hospital.
3. To cause something to accumulate: The company is piling up debt with its risky investments. The team piled 40 points up in the first half of the game.
4. To crash into each other; collide. Used especially of vehicles: Because of the thick fog, dozens of cars piled up on the freeway.
See also: pile, up
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The normal pile was numbered #1, and the two squeezed branch piles were numbered #2 and #3.
Parashar further added, "Oats, beans, sesame seeds, radish, turnips, onions, dried figs, amla, and papaya are some of those fiber-rich edibles that do wonder to prevent and cure piles, and they should be available in the kitchen every day, but if the pile is growing despite all precautions, then medication is must, and one should be aware of the fact that except Ayurveda no pathy provides complete relief from piles (haemorrhoids).
There are many experimental investigationson piles embedded in cohesive and cohesionless soils subjected to both static and cyclic lateral loads.
For each analysis position, from the surface to the bottom of the model, settlement of the center of filling layer, center of cushion, surface of soil between piles, center of soil between piles, bottom of soil between piles, and center of loess layer were selected for analysis.
Erman, "New method for predicting the ultimate bearing capacity of driven piles by using Flap number," KSCE Journal of Civil Engineering, vol.
Staff from the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station Missoula Fire Lab conducted field measurements characterizing air pollutant emissions from an open burn of one of the forest slash residue piles at BFRS (for details see Baker et al.
Two plants of a company, ZKB, were running on full potential to carry out concrete work on piles on Bosan road segment of the project while a site is being located to instal the third concrete plant.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: 102 patients with first to third degree piles were prospectively treated and four groups emerged: (I) injection Sclerotherapy (n=25), (II) Sclerotherapy and Band ligation (n=17), (III) Sclerotherapy and hemorrhoidectomy (n=24), (lV) Sclerotherapy, Banding and hemorrhoidectomy (n=36).
CIS used its new remotely operated Subsea Piling System, which makes it possible to drive piles as large as 36-inches in diameter, in water depths to 300 metres.
A pneumatic saw and track system can be attached to concrete pilings to even off tops and casings, or remove piles in one piece to simplify reprocessing.
CEO HE Eng Saeed G Al Romaithi, said: "To meet the requirements of our customers and to further expand our product range, we are developing a wide portfolio of sheet piles, a range that possesses significant and highly cost-effective structural and pile driving properties.
The Company has proudly provided foundation pile driving services since 1990; installing pre-stressed concrete and exposed wood piles for some of the area's premier builders.