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pile the agony on

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 the agony on 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 the agony on to the boss to try to get this Friday off work.
See also: agony, on, pile