(especially of a person’s weight) to increase quickly The weight just piled on while I was abroad.
- 1to make something increase rapidly The team piled on the points in the first half of the game. I've been piling on the pounds (= I have put on weight) recently.
- 2to express a feeling in a much stronger way than is necessary Don't pile on the drama! Things aren't really that bad—she does tend to pile it on.
- 3to give somebody more or too much of something The German team piled on the pressure in the last 15 minutes.