pile up

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search
See also: pileup and pile-up



  • (file)


pile up (third-person singular simple present piles up, present participle piling up, simple past and past participle piled up)

  1. (transitive) To form a pile, stack, or heap.
    The kids piled up their boots and coats by the back door.
    • 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet, Chapter 4
      And still the hours passed, and at last I knew by the glimmer of light in the tomb above that the sun had risen again, and a maddening thirst had hold of me. And then I thought of all the barrels piled up in the vault and of the liquor that they held; and stuck not because 'twas spirit, for I would scarce have paused to sate that thirst even with molten lead.
    • 1977, Agatha Christie, chapter 2, in An Autobiography, part II, London: Collins, →ISBN:
      If I close my eyes I can see Marie today as I saw her then. Round, rosy face, snub nose, dark hair piled up in a chignon.
  2. (idiomatic, intransitive) To collect or accumulate, as a backlog.
    The requests piled up while she was away.


Derived terms[edit]