Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • MountOssa A peak, 1,979.1 m (6,489 ft) high, of the Olympus Mountains in northern Greece.

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Examples

  • I am not at all sure — convinced, certain, persuaded — that creative-writing courses are a good idea unless they prevent people from writing sentences like this one, where adjectives — useful, helpful, intensely descriptive words — are stacked upon one another as Pelion used to be piled upon Ossa.

    Block That Adjective!

  • [T] here are many examples of the sublime which are independent of passion, such as the daring words of Homer with regard to the Aloadae, to take one out of numberless instances, "Yea, Ossa in fury they strove to upheave on Olympus on high,/With forest-clad Pelion above, that thence they might step to the sky."

    On the Sublime

  • This tale of two giants heaping Mounts Ossa, Pelion and Olympus one atop the other in order to storm the Heavens -- which I can't help comparing to the SFX spectacle of Magneto in X-Men 3, ripping up the Golden Gate Bridge and using it to reach Alcatraz -- offers us a chimera, a breach of the laws of nature.

    On the Sublime

  • I am not at all sure -- convinced, certain, persuaded -- that creative-writing courses are a good idea unless they prevent people from writing sentences like this one, where adjectives -- useful, helpful, intensely descriptive words -- are stacked upon one another as Pelion used to be piled upon Ossa.

    Grammar Pet Peeves: Alexander McCall Smith Begs For Fewer Adjectives In Writing

  • Given what Saperstein has already said, it surely is to pile Pilion upon Ossa.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Journalist’s Privilege, Candlestick Maker’s Privilege, “a Curious Unreality,” and Piling Pelion Upon Ossa

  • Instead of a suicidal charge against this well-protected position, Alexander set his engineer corps to work building a winding path on the far side of Mount Ossa overlooking the sea.

    Alexander the Great

  • "They do run errands," explained Vanessa De La Ossa, the 24-year-old staffer who supervises the interns, and a former intern herself.

    A Pillar of Democracy

  • French for awful? which just piles Pelion on Ossa.

    Diary

  • The makers pile the Pelion of cliche on the Ossa of cuteness and sentimentality, lending an ironic meaning to the expression "give us a break".

    Step Up 3D

  • Then, piling a Lucullan Pelion on Ossa in my Titanic hubris, I dug up a recipe for Paprika Pork Chops Molise Style, reasoning infallibly that paprika would complement its red bell pepper co-varietal quite nicely.

    Kenneth Hite's Journal

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