[pee-lee-uh n; Greek pee-lee-awn]
  1. pile/heap Pelion on Ossa,
    1. to make matters worse; aggravate or compound a situation.
    2. to engage in vain or futile efforts. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of pelion

  • Then, to pile Ossa on Pelion, the dogs of Tomieh arrived to pay a visit.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • But to-night the Prince was not only alive, but also, Ossa upon Pelion, in a good humor!

    The Genius

    Margaret Horton Potter

  • It would have buried a Titaness under a Pelion of moral feather-beds.

  • What Pelion lacks in height it makes up in length, and its bulk is great.

    Vacation days in Greece

    Rufus B. Richardson

  • On the Pelion of her own misery she heaped the Ossa of self-condemnation.

    When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry

    Charles Neville Buck

British Dictionary definitions for pelion


  1. a mountain in NE Greece, in E Thessaly. In Greek mythology it was the home of the centaurs. Height: 1548 m (5079 ft)Modern Greek name: Pílion
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