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

  • n. Informal A serious collision usually involving several motor vehicles.
  • n. An accumulation: "the pile-up of unsold autos” ( New York Times).

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  • n. Alternative spelling of pile-up.

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  • n. multiple collisions of vehicles


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  • The pileup, which is under investigation, left nearly 100 people stranded in damaged and trapped cars, police said.

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  • Do they also pileup, meaning, well, not only did my house burn down, but also x, y and z.

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  • Further, as a result of technological unemployment in agriculture, an increase of "pileup" in industrial employment has resulted.

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  • According to Rodriguez, this kind of pileup can lead to a host of unsavory health problems.

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  • [I would add getting in front of the wood-burning stove without the potential for a sprained/twisted knee/ankle or to the bathroom on the other side of the 'pileup' quickly.] "I could sit on the couch and my bed the way I wanted, without taking into consideration how much space several fur bodies would need to get comfortable.

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  • Had i woken up on time, I would have been caught in this traffic jam resulting from a 51 car pileup

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  • Freshly acquired offensive tackle Khalif Barnes will be out for at least six weeks after suffering knee and ankle injuries in a pileup.

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  • Growing losses and depleting cash flows have forced airlines to defer payments to several suppliers, which has led to a huge pileup of unpaid bills.

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