2017年2月1日 星期三

pile, pile up, pile into, assignation, pile on the agony, reluctant to step up to the plate

Tucker said the BFC program enjoys good relationships with 40 brands, all of which are American, European or Canadian. Thursday's accident, she said, showed it was time that the hundreds of buyers from other countries - including Japan - that have in the past shown little regard for labor issues finally stepped up to the plate.

 Infrastructure Is Lacking Strong Foundations in Europe
Europe's politicians dream of an infrastructure boom to kick-start growth. But governments can't fund it, and Europe's private investors are reluctant to step up to the plate.

Cars That Tweet, Buy Tickets
Undaunted by fear of safety regulations, auto makers are piling new technologies into their vehicles: everything from 17-inch dashboard screens to services that check Facebook and buy movie tickets.

China Caught Traders off Guard
Currency traders left the Chinese yuan party too soon. Now they are piling back in.

Rod Stewart DOWNSIZED to this

Rod Stewart FINALLY moves into his £4.5 million country pile
Rod Stewart, 71, has finally moved into the £4.5 million pad he bought to…

Before everyone finishes piling on Gov. Mark Sanford, let me say that all of us in New York were happy to learn that he has been scheduling his assignations in our state.

All the major U.S. newspapers lead today with news that the Federal Reserve has lowered its benchmark interest rate by half a percentage point, and word from Washington that the government is considering a plan to bail out homeowners facing foreclosure.
The Fed's move brings the interest rate banks use when lending to each other overnight to one percent, the lowest it's been since the dot-com bust of 2003, reports the New York Times. The NYT piles on the gloom, noting that banks remain reluctant to lend at all, that unemployment is up, and that consumer spending is down. The sky isn't falling, but the "ground is moving from underneath us," as an investment firm economist puts it. (In a separate front-page story, the Times reports on layoffs emanating from Wall Street into the greater New York region.) To reduce foreclosures, the government is putting together a plan to use $50 billion from its $700 billion bailout of the banking industry to guarantee $500 to $600 billion in home loans.

Are Google shares halving in value?
Guardian - UK
Google's share price went higher than anyone expected. Now the question is how far it will fall before everyone piles in again. ...

 Science is facts; just as houses are made of stones, so is science made of facts; but a pile of stones is not a house and a collection of facts is not necessarily science. — Jules Henri Poincare (1854-1912)

Pronunciation: /pʌɪl/

1A heap of things laid or lying one on top of another:
he placed the books in a neat pile
tottering piles of dirty dishes

1.1informal A large amount of something:
he’s making piles of money

1.2archaic A funeral pyre.
2A large imposing building or group of buildings:
a Victorian Gothic pile

3A series of plates of dissimilar metals laid one on another alternately to produce an electric current.
4(also atomic pile) dated A nuclear reactor.

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1[WITH OBJECT AND ADVERBIAL] Place (things) one on top of the other:
she piled all the groceries on the counter

1.1(be piled with) Be stacked or loaded with:
his in tray was piled high with papers

1.2(pile up/pile something up) Increase or cause to increase in quantity:
[NO OBJECT]: the work is piling up

1.3(pile something on) informal Intensify or exaggerate something for effect:
you can pile on the guilt but my heart has turned to stone

2[NO OBJECT] (pile into/out of) (Of a group of people) get into or out of (a vehicle) in a disorganized manner:
ten of us piled into the minibus
2.1(pile into) (Of a vehicle) crash into:
60 cars piled into each other on the M62

make a (or one's) pile
informal Make a lot of money:
he was a car salesman who had made his pile in the Thatcher years
pile arms
Place a number of rifles (usually four) with their butts on the ground and the muzzles together.
pile it on
informal Exaggerate the seriousness of a situation for effect.


Late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin pila 'pillar, pier'.

pile into

Move in a disorderly group into, crowd into, as in The team piled into the bus.

The related expression pile in takes no object, as in Jack opened the car door and yelled, "Pile in!"      [First half of 1800s]

The act of assigning.
Something assigned, especially an allotment.
An appointment for a meeting between lovers; a tryst. See synonyms at engagement.
assignational as'sig·na'tion·al adj. pile  pronunciation

IN BRIEF: A stack or group of things put together. Also: The projecting strands of yarn that form on the surface of some fabrics or rugs.

pile it on INFORMAL
to say too much, especially giving too much emphasis:
You're really piling it on with the compliments tonight, Gareth, aren't you!

pile on the agony UK INFORMAL
to enjoy emphasizing how bad a situation is:
Okay, I'll give you some money - just stop piling on the agony.

pile up
1. Accumulate, as in The leaves piled up in the yard, or He piled up a huge fortune. In this idiom pile means "form a heap or mass of something." [Mid-1800s]
2. Be involved in a crash, as in When the police arrived, at least four cars had piled up. [Late 1800s]

v., piled, pil·ing, piles. v.tr.
    1. To place or lay in or as if in a pile or heap: piled books onto the table.
    2. To load (something) with a heap or pile: piled the table with books.
  1. To heap (something) in abundance: piled potato salad onto the plate.
  1. To form a heap or pile.
  2. To move in, out, or forward in a disorderly mass or group: pile into a bus; pile out of a car.

1 (物の)積み重ね, 堆積(たいせき), 山((of ...))
make a pile of stones
2 ((略式))多数, 多量, 多額(の…)((of ...))
a pile [piles] of homework
3 ((略式))大金, 富, 財産
make a [one's] pile
4 (火葬用の)積み薪(まき)(pyre).
5 ((主に英))大建築物(の群れ).
6 ((もと))原子炉(reactor).
7 《電気》=voltaic pile.
the bottom [the top] of the pile
1III[名]([副])]…を積み重ねる[上げる]((up));…を(容器・車に)積み込む((in, on ...));〈容器・車に〉(…を)山と積む, たくさん盛る((with ...))
pile up leaves on the sidewalk
pile wood on [onto] the fire [=pile the fire with wood]
2 〈金・物質などを〉蓄積する, たくわえる;〈借金・仕事などを〉ためる, ふやす((up, together))
pile up a million (dollars)
3 〈車・航空機を〉衝突させる;〈船を〉座礁させる((up)).
4 〈銃を〉組む
pile arms
1 〈仕事・金・借金・証拠などが〉たまる, 積もる;〈物が〉積もる, たまる((up))
The work has piled up.
The snow piled up on the highway.
Several cars piled up.
2 ((略式))(…へ[から])どやどや[どっ]と移動する((in, out, off/off, into, on ...))
pile off a bus
pile into a shop
3 〈車が〉玉突き衝突する((up)).
pile into ...
(1) …を激しく攻撃する.
(2) 〈食べ物を〉どんどん食べる.
(3) ⇒(自)2
(4) …に玉突き衝突する.
pile it on
(1) 大げさに言う, 誇張する.
(2) 威圧的態度をとる.
pile ... on/pile on ...
(1) …を(積み重ねるようにして)積む.
(2) ((略式))…を誇張して言う.

step up to the plate

North American take action in response to an opportunity or crisis.

  • Informal. A schedule of matters to be dealt with: had a lot on my plate at work after vacation.

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