From dog + pile, from analogy with a group of dogs sleeping in a pile.
dogpile (plural dogpiles)
- A mound of people, especially people who are fighting or celebrating.
1977, Billy Knott and James Tate, Lucky Darryl, →ISBN, page 7:
- The crowd lept into a wrestling dogpile, each trying to grab as many of the black slips as possible.
- Any indiscriminate jumble of things.
1993, Christopher G. Jones, “Object-Oriented Analysis with CASE”, in Computer-aided Software Engineering, →ISBN, page 348:
- Unscrambling the dogpile of objects can be messy.
dogpile (third-person singular simple present dogpiles, present participle dogpiling, simple past and past participle dogpiled)
- To jump on top of someone, usually in a group.
2003, Nancy Holder, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chosen, →ISBN, page 657:
- A vampire got her around the neck from behind; then more, dogpiling her.
- To pile on or overwhelm, such as with criticism or praise.
2005, Craig Spector, Underground, →ISBN, page 169:
- But this guy was serious, using online payment services and dogpiling her e-mail box within minutes, requesting expedited shipping.