Phrasal verbs are easier to study if they are organised. So here is part one of the organised phrasal verbs series.
In part one, out verb is “pile”
NOTE: Most the definitions/examples are taken from Longman dictionary.
1. Pile in:
Meaning: if people pile in, they get into a vehicle very quickly.
- She parked the van and we all piled in. (Merriam-Webster)
- Pierre came to pick them up, and they all piled in.
2. Pile (something) on:
A. pile it on/pile on the drama: to talk about something in a way that makes it seem much worse than it really is. Synonym: exaggerate.
Example: I know I’m piling it on a bit, but there is a serious point to be made.
B. pile on the pressure/agony: to show that you are much better than your opponent in a game
- England piled on the pressure from the start.
- It piled on the agony for Glasgow, who had passed up another chance two minutes before the break.
C. pile on the pounds: to gain a lot of body weight
- She slimmed down a couple of years ago but has piled on the pounds again.
- Most comfort eaters enjoy it while they’re eating, but the downside is they soon start to pile on the pounds.
- To his relief the producers didn’t want him to pile on the pounds.
3. Pile out:
Meaning: if people pile out, they leave a place or get out of a vehicle quickly and in a disorganized way.
Example: Edward parked by the river and we all piled out.
4. Pile up:
A. to increase in quantity or amount, in a way that is difficult to manage.
- It wasn’t long before the debts were piling up.
- The traffic starts piling up around this time.
- The work has a tendency to pile up if I’m not careful.
B. pile (something) up: to arrange things in a pile
Example: Tiny doughnuts piled up in a dish.
5. Pile into (something):
Meaning: Move in a disorderly group into. (Dictionary)
Example: The team piled into the bus.