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[pahyl-uhp] /ˈpaɪlˌʌp/
a massive collision of several or many moving vehicles.
an accumulation, as of work, chores, or bills.
a rough or disorderly falling of people upon one another, as in a football game.
Origin of pileup
1825-35; noun use of verb phrase pile up Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The back of the hurricane hasn't gotten the news yet, so there's a pileup.
  • The quick pileup overloads the underlying snowpack, which causes a weak layer beneath the slab to fracture.
  • But even if you pick your way past that pileup of gerunds, the storytelling never takes off.
  • Pull them apart, and in addition to the human toll, you've got all the makings of a nasty corporate pileup.
  • Vehicles in a six-car pileup automatically inform emergency responders and traffic management centers.
  • Many accidents, such as a multi-vehicle pileup, make a settlement much more complex than the one described here.
Slang definitions & phrases for pileup



A wreck, esp one involving a number of cars: 6-car, end-to-end pile-up on the New Jersey Turnpike (1929+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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