1. to cost, to amount to [SE pile up].
|‘’Arry on the Road’ in Punch 9 Aug. 84/1: I started the day with two quid; so it piled pooty stiffish, dear boy.|
2. usu. constr. with a prep., to move fast, e.g. pile off/on, pile in/out.
|Ten Yrs in Nevada 234: They then said to him: ‘Pile in and git!’ He was quite willing, and did not wait for a second bidding.|
|Sel. Letters (1981) 21: They didn’t recognize me [...] when I piled off the train.letter 3 Mar. in Baker|
|Beggars of Life 149: Pile out o’ here.|
|Living Rough 105: I piled out in front of my joint as I thanked him for the ride.|
|Dan Turner – Hollywood Detective Dec. [Internet] Pile out, dismiss your chauffeur, ankle inside the lobby and hang around maybe five minutes.‘Malibu Mess’|
|AS XIX:2 108: To pile off is the general phrase for everybody getting to hell clear of that ship (after the pay-off), in a terrible hurry.‘Vocab. for Lakes, [etc.]’|
|Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye in Four Novels (1983) 117: They [...] hit me with their shoulders, knocking me back into the room, piling in after me.|
|in Erotic Muse (1992) 73: Next came a company of the Prince of Wales’ Hussars. / They piled into the whore houses and they packed along the bars.|
|(con. WWII) Heaven and Hell 20: I’d pile out of this jeep.|
|Big Huey 24: They opened the doors of the police van and we piled out of the back.|
|Penguin Bk of More Aus. Jokes 463: A bus full of tourists arrived in Kakadu. Everyone piled off.|
|Hooky Gear 12: Then come the artics, huntin an gatherin like they done since time. Since the origin of man theres been trucks pilin up the A1.|
|Decent Ride 113: Pilin up Easter Road n ah sees that new manager boy, him that came ower fae Dublin.|
3. (US black/campus) to have sexual intercourse [one ‘makes a heap’].
|(con. 1930s) Lawd Today 33: And shucks, if they happen to come across a French woman, no matter how old she was, that was just too bad. Every soljer in the German army would pile her.|
|Farm (1968) 40: All I think you wanna do is pile Twister.|
|Delinquency, Crime, and Social Process 806: You really get down with a broad. You want this girl, and this weed’s going to make you want to pile.|
|Underground Dict. (1972).|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 153: Expressions for intercourse, to grind, to pile, to mash the fat.|
4. (US campus) to laze about [one ‘makes a heap’].
|Campus Sl. Apr. 3: pile – to lie around doing nothing: I think I’ll just pile around for the rest of the afternoon.|
1. to attack verbally.
|Tom Sawyer, Detective Ch. VI: But she busted in on him there and just piled into him and snowed him under.|
2. to attack physically, to crash into, to get to work on, to take part in.
|Western Avernus (1924) 33: They [...] asked us to sit down with them and pile in.|
|Outing (N.Y.) XXIV 417/1: The dog [...] [will] never ‘pile onto’ any more bears [DA].|
|Jungle 183: Like as not a dozen [policemen] would pile on to him at once, and pound his face into a pulp.|
|Gem 21 Oct. 7: Blessed if I can see how I can pile in when you’re making such a blessed row.|
|Taking the Count 116: Pile right into him, boy!‘The Spotted Sheep’|
|Nightmare Town (2001) 260: They piled the car into him. It was sure death.‘One Hour’|
|Sixty Seconds 67: You pile into me when I’m rough and you wade in when I’m sorry for it.|
|Short Stories (1937) 218: We piles in and we knocks de eight-ball for a goal and gives him de royal clouts.‘Curbstone Philosophy’ in|
|(con. 1910s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 137: If anybody ever leaned on Kenny the whole gang would pile on him, and send him to the hospital.Young Lonigan in|
|Amer. Dream Girl (1950) 16: If any kid would have picked on him, Tony would have piled into that kid.‘The Fastest Runner’ in|
|‘Jimmie Tucker’ in Whorehouse Bells Were Ringing (1995) 67: He grins and he points to the Double O roan, / That’s piled every puncher that ever rode alone.|
|Minder [TV script] 26: She piles into Terry.‘All Mod Cons’|
|Smiling in Slow Motion (2000) 131: I’m piling into the Wittgenstein biography.letter 24 May|
|Mr Blue 287: In seconds they would pile on and pull me off. If I’d had even two or three minutes I would have assaulted him.|
|Guardian 17 July 7: One of Tate’s friends [...] then ‘piled in’ to strike the helpless researcher.|
|Plainclothes Naked (2002) 105: The Parakeet crowd [...] piled in to protect their own.|
(US) to end up (at), esp. of an evening out.
|Bound for Glory (1969) 205: How come you piled up here sick?|
SE in slang uses
(US) to boast, to lie.
|Maledicta 1 (Summer) 14: If he is fundamentally dishonest and a liar to boot, he [...] is shovelling or piling it higher and deeper (Ph.D.).|
1. to perform an act with greater intensity.
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 97/1: On my looking over at Joe, I could read in his eye that he meant ‘besting’ him; so I ‘officed’ to him to pile it on thick and get through with the affair.|
|Josh Hayseed in N.Y. 117: When you come to tell ’em that I pay any sech outrageous debts as that, you’re pilin’ it on too thick.|
|Sporting Times 26 Apr. 1/2: Pile it on Reve d’Or.|
|Rigby’s Romance (1921) Ch. xi: [Internet] ‘Go ahead, pile it on!’ retorted Thompson, maliciously.|
|Sporting Times 15 Apr. 1/3: She liked not the suggestions he / Advanced; she p’raps deemed them to be / A shade too stiff, and all agree / That nobody beats Mr. G / In piling it on stiffer.‘They Begged To Differ’|
2. to charge a high price.
|Life on the Mississippi (1914) 390: A rich man won’t have anything but your very best; and you can just pile it on, too – pile it on and sock it to him.|