pileup

noun
pile·​up | \ ˈpī(-ə)l-ˌəp How to pronounce pileup (audio) \

Definition of pileup

1 : a collision involving usually several motor vehicles
2a : a jammed tangled mass or pile (as of motor vehicles or people) resulting from collision or accumulation

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Examples of pileup in a Sentence

A five-car pileup slowed traffic. a pileup of e-mail messages that needed to be dealt with

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The pileup of crises proves to be a bit more than director Alexandre Aja and screenwriters Michael and Shawn Rasmussen can handle. Noel Murray, latimes.com, "Review: Giant gators and a mega-hurricane are undermined by daddy issues in ‘Crawl’," 11 July 2019 Republicans say the pileup proves the tax measure is already delivering on its promise, while Democrats dismiss the announcements as public relations stunts and say that only sustained, widespread wage gains should count. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Choose your news on the tax law: Boom or Bust?," 30 Jan. 2018 The pileup happened because lawmakers borrowed instead of finding ways to balance budgets and fund the retirement system. Michael Deibert, Fortune, "Puerto Rico Governor’s Resignation Shakes Bankrupt Island," 25 July 2019 The pileup of crises proves to be a bit more than director Alexandre Aja and screenwriters Michael and Shawn Rasmussen can handle. Noel Murray, latimes.com, "Review: Giant gators and a mega-hurricane are undermined by daddy issues in ‘Crawl’," 11 July 2019 The ultimate goal: to put the brakes on aging itself — preventing the pileup of chronic health problems, dementia and frailty that slam most of us late in life. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Can a single pill keep you healthy to 100?," 10 July 2019 Now and then, the story’s wild twists and pileups of incident hint sweetly at its teen-age creator. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "In Mark Haddon’s “The Porpoise,” Storytelling Is an Instrument of Violence and Solace," 13 June 2019 The pileup of crises proves to be a bit more than director Alexandre Aja and screenwriters Michael and Shawn Rasmussen can handle. Noel Murray, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Giant gators and a mega-hurricane are undermined by daddy issues in ‘Crawl’," 12 July 2019 Her untied shoelace got caught in the escalator at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport and caused a luggage-and-traveler pileup. John Branch, New York Times, "Lindsey Horan Is Right Where She Wanted to Be," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of pileup

1900, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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pileup

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pileup

: an accident in which several or many vehicles crash into each other
: a large amount of something that has increased gradually over a period of time

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