1 heap, mound, stack, accumulation, stockpile, mass, supply, deposit, collection, assemblage, batch, hoard, aggregation, congeries, conglomeration, assortment, agglomeration, concentration, amassment:
A huge pile of gravel was delivered today for the builders.
2 money, fortune, wealth, holdings, Colloq bundle, loot, mint, Slang packet, tidy sum, US bankroll, roll, wad:
She made her pile selling arms to terrorists.
3 Usually, piles. abundance, over-abundance, superabundance, plenty, great deal, quantity, ocean(s), lot(s), stack(s), plethora, Colloq oodles, ton(s), bag(s), heap(s), bundle(s):
He made piles of money in the black market.
5 Often, pile up. stack (up), heap (up), mound, accumulate, stockpile, amass, collect, assemble, hoard, aggregate, cumulate:
Please pile the cartons in the corner.
6 pile in or into. enter, get in or into, crowd in or into, pack in or into, flood in or into, jam in or into, crush in or into, Colloq jump in or into:
All of us piled into my car to go to the cinema.
7 pile it on. exaggerate:
Ronnie was really piling it on about how much his new job pays.
8 pile on or onto.
(a) get in or into or on or onto, crowd on or onto, jump on or onto:
We piled on the train after the game. They piled onto the hay wagon for a ride home.
(b) attack, assault, jump on, overwhelm:
They all piled on me and I had to give up.
9 pile out. leave, get out (of) or down (from), exit:
When we arrived, we all piled out of the bus. Hordes of people piled out of the theatre.
10 pile up. accumulate, amass, collect:
The rubbish kept piling up during the strike.
nap, shag, plush; fuzz, bristles, fleece:
The feet of the chairs have left marks in the carpet pile.
big, great, high, huge, large, massive, vast | thick | little, small, tiny | neat, tidy | untidy
VERB + PILE
place sth in/into/on, put sth in/into/on
I put the letter in the envelope and placed it on the pile. I've put the books into three separate piles.
He dumped a pile of dirty clothes onto the floor.
| add sth to
Just add that application to the pile.
| flick through, leaf through, look through, riffle through, shuffle through, sort through
I leafed through the pile of documents until I found the one I wanted.
amid a/the ~
The money lay amid a pile of unopened letters.
| behind a/the ~
He was busy behind a pile of papers on his desk.
| beneath/under a/the ~
I pulled my diary from beneath a pile of files.
| in a/the ~
The washing is in a pile on the floor.
| on a/the ~
She closed the magazine and threw it back on the pile.
| ~ of
a pile of books I've got piles of work to do.
be reduced to a pile of sth
The house was reduced to a pile of rubble.
| the bottom/top of the pile
(figurative) The government is doing little to help those on the bottom of the social pile.
| sort sth into piles
I sorted the clothes into two piles.
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