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heap

[heep] /hip/
noun
1.
a group of things placed, thrown, or lying one on another; pile:
a heap of stones.
2.
Informal. a great quantity or number; multitude:
a heap of people.
3.
Slang. an automobile, especially a dilapidated one.
verb (used with object)
4.
to gather, put, or cast in a heap; pile (often followed by up, on, together, etc.).
5.
to accumulate or amass (often followed by up or together):
to heap up riches.
6.
to give, assign, or bestow in great quantity; load (often followed by on or upon):
to heap blessings upon someone; to heap someone with work.
7.
to load, supply, or fill abundantly:
to heap a plate with food.
verb (used without object)
8.
to become heaped or piled, as sand or snow; rise in a heap or heaps (often followed by up).
Idioms
9.
all of a heap, Informal.
  1. overwhelmed with astonishment; amazed:
    We were struck all of a heap upon hearing of their divorce.
  2. suddenly; abruptly:
    All of a heap the room was empty.
Origin of heap
900
before 900; 1925-30 for def 3; Middle English heep, Old English hēap; cognate with Dutch hoop, Old High German houf; akin to German Haufe
Related forms
heaper, noun
heapy, adjective
overheap, verb (used with object)
unheaped, adjective
Synonyms
1. mass, stack; accumulation, collection.
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Examples from the Web for heap upon
Historical Examples
  • Some planks were quickly loosened and thrown into a heap upon the fore part of the raft.

  • No abuse which they could heap upon him seemed nearly adequate to the occasion.

    John Quincy Adams John. T. Morse
  • Legrand sprang, and the two disappeared in a heap upon the floor.

    Hurricane Island H. B. Marriott Watson
  • "Enough, enough," he cried; then fell in a heap upon the wet grass.

    Robin Hood Paul Creswick
  • A man is sometimes made great, by the greatness of the abuse a portion of mankind may think proper to heap upon him.

    My Bondage and My Freedom Frederick Douglass
  • The four men lay in a heap upon the floor of a grey chamber.

    Last Words Stephen Crane
  • Oh, yes, I deserved surely as much bad luck as fate could heap upon me!

    Missing Friends Thorvald Weitemeyer
  • And Sam thought he was, for he let go the rail and sank down in a heap upon the deck.

    No Moss Harry Castlemon
  • And let my grateful heart always spring to my lips, to acknowledge the blessings you heap upon me.

    Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded Samuel Richardson
  • But marry him, and no insult as regards other women is too low for him to heap upon you.

    As Seen By Me Lilian Bell
British Dictionary definitions for heap upon

heap

/hiːp/
noun
1.
a collection of articles or mass of material gathered together in one place
2.
(informal) (often pl) usually foll by of. a large number or quantity
3.
(Austral, slang) give them heaps, to contend strenuously with an opposing sporting team
4.
(NZ, slang) give it heaps, to try very hard
5.
(informal) a place or thing that is very old, untidy, unreliable, etc: the car was a heap
adverb
6.
heaps, (intensifier): he said he was feeling heaps better
verb
7.
often foll by up or together. to collect or be collected into or as if into a heap or pile: to heap up wealth
8.
(transitive; often foll by with, on, or upon) to load or supply (with) abundantly: to heap with riches
Derived Forms
heaper, noun
Word Origin
Old English héap; related to Old Frisian hāp, Old Saxon hōp, Old High German houf
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Word Origin and History for heap upon

heap

n.

Old English heap "pile, great number, multitude" (of things or persons), from West Germanic *haupaz (cf. Old Saxon hop, Old Frisian hap, Middle Low German hupe, Dutch hoop, German Haufe "heap"), perhaps related to Old English heah "high." Slang meaning "old car" is attested from 1924. As a characteristic word in American Indian English speech, "a lot, a great deal," by 1832.

v.

Old English heapian "collect, heap up, bring together;" from heap (n.). Related: Heaped; heaping. Cf. Old High German houfon "to heap."

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Slang definitions & phrases for heap upon

heap

noun

  1. A car, esp an old ramshackle one; jalopy: I keep hoping somebody will steal this heap
  2. Any old vehicle

Related Terms

junk heap

[1924+; a motorcyclists' shortening of scrap heap]

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heap upon in the Bible

When Joshua took the city of Ai (Josh. 8), he burned it and "made it an heap [Heb. tel] for ever" (8:28). The ruins of this city were for a long time sought for in vain. It has been at length, however, identified with the mound which simply bears the name of "Tel." "There are many Tels in modern Palestine, that land of Tels, each Tel with some other name attached to it to mark the former site. But the site of Ai has no other name 'unto this day.' It is simply et-Tel, 'the heap' par excellence."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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