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phrasal verb
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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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