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Language: Old English
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heap

1 noun
     
Related topics: Motor Vehicles
heap1 [countable]
1 a large untidy pile of things:
a rubbish heap
heap of
There was a heap of stones where the building used to be.
in a heap
The envelopes for posting lay in a heap on her desk.
We piled the branches into heaps for burning.
2

heaps

informal a lot of something
heaps of
The children have heaps of energy.
heaps better/bigger etc (=much better, bigger etc)
3

fall/collapse etc in a heap

to fall down and lie without moving:
They finally collapsed in a heap on the grass.
4 humorousTTC an old car that is in bad condition
5

at the top/bottom of the heap

high up and successful or low down and unsuccessful in an organization or in society:
The very poor are at the bottom of the heap.
6

be struck all of a heap

British English old-fashioned informal to be suddenly very surprised or confused

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