noun Date: circa 1929 1. a collision involving usually several motor vehicles 2. a. a jammed tangled mass or pile (as of motor vehicles or people) resulting from collision or accumulation b. accumulation

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  • pileup — pile•up [[t]ˈpaɪlˌʌp[/t]] n. 1) a collision of several or many moving vehicles 2) an accumulation, as of chores or bills 3) a rough or disorderly falling of people upon one another, as in a football game • Etymology: 1825–35 …   From formal English to slang

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