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Definition of heap noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1heap (of something) a messy pile of something The building was reduced to a heap of rubble. a compost heap His clothes lay in a heap on the floor. Worn-out car tires were stacked in heaps. see also compost heap, scrap heap, slag heap
  2. 2[usually plural] (informal) a lot of something There's heaps of time before the plane leaves. I've got heaps to tell you.
  3. 3(informal) (humorous) a car that is old and in bad condition
  4. Idioms
    at the top/bottom of the heap
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    high up/low down in the structure of an organization or a society These workers are at the bottom of the economic heap.
    collapse, fall, etc. in a heap
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    to fall down heavily and not move He collapsed in a heap on the floor.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: heap