big, enormous, great, huge, large, massive
little, small
neat, tidy (esp. BrE)
untidy (esp. BrE)
place sth in/into/on, put sth in/into/on

I put the letter in the envelope and placed it on the pile.

I've put the books into three separate piles.


He dumped a pile of dirty clothes onto the floor.

add sth to

Just add that application to the pile.

flick through (esp. BrE), flip through (esp. AmE), look through, shuffle through, sort through

I sorted through the pile of documents until I found it.

amid a/the pile

The money lay amid a pile of unopened letters.

behind a/the pile

He was busy behind a pile of papers on his desk.

beneath a/the pile, under a/the pile

I pulled my diary from beneath a pile of files.

in a/the pile

The clothes were in a pile on the floor.

on a/the pile

She closed the magazine and threw it back on the pile.

pile of

a pile of books

I had piles of work to do.

be reduced to a pile of sth

The house was reduced to a pile of rubble.

the bottom of the pile, the top of the pile

I grabbed a shirt from the top of the pile.

At the bottom of the pile were the prostitutes and drug dealers. (figurative)

sort sth into piles

I sorted the clothes into two piles.


We piled the boxes up neatly.


We piled sandbags against the door.

on, onto

She piled food onto our plates.

on top of

They piled stones on top of the mound.


a table piled high with magazines

piled high
Pile is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑snow
Pile is used with these nouns as the object: ↑crate, ↑trolley

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