pile on

phrasal verb

piled on; piling on; piles on
US, informal
: to join other people in criticizing something or someone in usually an unfair way
After the first few negative reviews, all the other critics started piling on.

Examples of pile on in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In fact, Swift piled on 300 carats of Lorraine Schwartz Diamonds. Jordan Greene, Peoplemag, 5 Feb. 2024 The geese were piled on a grassy area against the furniture store’s wall, though the parking lot belongs to the CVS. Eleanor Nash, Kansas City Star, 5 Feb. 2024 If a website with a lot of affiliate links can make it to the top of the pile on Google Search, that can be quite lucrative for whoever owns that website. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 18 Jan. 2024 Get The Recipe 10 of 38 Deviled Eggs Grandma knows that no supper plate is complete without a couple of deviled eggs piled on top. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 17 Jan. 2024 Opposite the garden, dozens of paintings were piled on a tall shelf. Alex Traub, New York Times, 29 Dec. 2023 Already, European and international investors have piled on top of the U.S. efforts, offering agricultural and industrial projects along the new rail line. Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post, 27 Jan. 2024 Republicans are piling on Schumer, arguing that his efforts are a further example of the Democratic Party’s overreach into voters’ private lives. Nicholas Florko, STAT, 25 Jan. 2024 San Francisco’s reputation just took another shot, with yet again a renowned business leader piling on to criticize the city. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 13 Jan. 2024 See More

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“Pile on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pile%20on. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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