Phrasal Verb: pile up

If you pile up something (or pile something up) you get more and more of it. This phrasal verb is often used when talking about something that has become unpleasant because there is so much of it; for example, work that needs doing, letters or emails that need replies, or bills that need paying.

Examples of use:
1. With a new baby in the house the housework is just piling up.

2. Don’t let your bills pile up. Pay them as soon as you get them.

A pile-up (noun, informal) is an accident or collision involving several vehicles.

infinitive – pile up

present simple – pile up and piles up

-ing form – piling up

past simple – piled up

past participle – piled up

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