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pile-up Line breaks: pile-up
Pronunciation: /ˈpʌɪlʌp/

Definition of pile-up in English:


1A crash involving several vehicles: a three-car pile-up on the A350
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  • This is Midway's conversion of their popular arcade racer and, like all Midway racing games, it is full of spectacular crashes, pile-ups and short cuts which help trim down lap times.
  • When this type of work is being done the Police Traffic Branch should be notified and a contingency plan put in place to deal with the pile-up of vehicles.
  • The busy M1 motorway was closed for nearly six hours yesterday after a pile-up involving 11 vehicles.
crash, multiple crash, car crash, collision, multiple collision, smash, car smash, accident, car accident, road accident, traffic accident;
North American  wreck
informal smash-up
British informal shunt, prang
2An accumulation of a specified thing: a massive pile-up of data
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  • We have a few games in hand on most clubs and we are getting a bit of a fixture pile-up.
  • Christmas seems as good a time as ever when several of the new signings would be expecting a little break - and not a fixture pile-up.
  • Brown added: ‘We are in a promising position but we have got a horrendous pile-up of fixtures which could work for, or against, us.’

Words that rhyme with pile-up

buttercup • snarl-up
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