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sand pile

noun, Building Trades.
a base for a footing in soft soil, made by compacting sand in a cavity left by a wooden pile.
Origin of sand pile
First recorded in 1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • They played on a sand pile and were often noisy and seldom clean.

  • They will raise surprising crops of vegetables on a sand pile.

    Roughing It Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • The sand pile was renewed every time and made as high and soft as possible, and very soon all our animals were below the falls.

    Death Valley in '49 William Lewis Manly
  • He fell back against the sand pile and let his feet sink in the mud hole and wriggled his toes.

    The Hoofer Walter M. Miller
  • Of the outdoor games which we have to suggest, perhaps the sand pile stands at the head of the list.

    The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler
  • He then inspected the sand pile, while we watched him with dismay, being ignorant of the cause of his frenzy.

    The Awakening of the Desert Julius C. Birge
  • His hair was all on end, and his cheek was smudged with something yellow, and he was as happy as a baby in a sand pile.

    The Brentons Anna Chapin Ray
  • Away off, at the further side of the Man-killer, a horseman had suddenly ridden into sight from behind a sand pile.

    The Young Engineers in Arizona H. Irving Hancock
  • You are very welcome to sit on my sand pile whenever you feel like it, Peter Rabbit.

    Mother West Wind's Animal Friends Thornton W. Burgess
  • A barrel-organ played on certain days by the sand pile; and that music of the proletariat never fails to attract a crowd.

    From the Bottom Up

    Alexander Irvine

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