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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theypile on
he/she/itpiles on
present participlepiling on
past tensepiled on
past participlepiled on

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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to increase something by a large amount, or to do it a lot
    a team that never fails to pile on the action
    pile on the pressure: The UN is piling on the pressure and the two sides may both have to withdraw.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive]pile on something if someone piles on weight, or if it piles on, their weight increases suddenly and by a large amount
    I always pile on the pounds over Christmas.
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a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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