The value of these terms lies in their baroqueness, in the way they pile up upon each other like garish baubles.
It's important to keep track of the Medicare lies, as they're bound to pile up.
While not in any way true, a higher debt ceiling sounds like a green light to pile up more debt.
But regardless, Gingrich must pile up healthy margins in these counties to win statewide.
The articles began to pile up, each bleaker than the one before.
The great mass of water that comes from the melting of snows in the Alleghenies and the Rockies must either spread out or pile up.
Pour the sauce on a dish and pile up the rabbit in the middle of it.
I cleaned up the mortgage the first year I was here and now I'm working to pile up five hundred in the bank before I go.
The sticks don't have strong mobs, and they'll pile up a heavy Nolan vote.
Either Olympus or Pelion would be the natural base on which to pile up the other mountains.
"mass, heap," early 15c., originally "pillar, pier of a bridge," from Middle French pile and directly from Latin pila "stone barrier, pillar, pier" (see pillar). Sense development in Latin from "pier, harbor wall of stones," to "something heaped up." In English, sense of "heap of things" is attested from mid-15c. (the verb in this sense is recorded from mid-14c.). The meaning "large building" (late 14c.) is probably the same word.
"heavy pointed beam," from Old English pil "stake," also "arrow," from Latin pilum heavy javelin of the Roman foot soldier, literally "pestle" (source of Old Norse pila, Old High German pfil, German Pfeil "arrow"), of uncertain origin.
"soft, raised surface upon cloth," mid-14c., "downy plumage," from Anglo-French pyle or Middle Dutch pijl, both from Latin pilus "a hair" (source of Italian pelo, Old French pel). Phonological evidence rules out transmission of the English word via Old French cognate peil, poil. Meaning "nap upon cloth" is from 1560s.
"to heap up," mid-14c.; see pile (n.1). Related: Piled; piling. Figurative verbal expression pile on "attack vigorously, attack en masse," is from 1894, American English.
To dash; run; thrust oneself: I piled after her hell to split (1948+)