Definition of pile-up in English:

pile-up

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noun

  • 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.
    Synonyms
    crash, multiple crash, car crash, collision, multiple collision, smash, car smash, accident, car accident, road accident, traffic accident; bump; British RTA (road 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.’

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