pile up

pile 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.
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