All of a heap



a group of things placed, thrown, or lying one on another; pile:
a heap of stones.
Informal. a great quantity or number; multitude:
a heap of people.
Slang. an automobile, especially a dilapidated one.
to gather, put, or cast in a heap; pile (often followed by up, on, together, etc.).
to accumulate or amass (often followed by up or together):
to heap up riches.
to give, assign, or bestow in great quantity; load (often followed by on or upon):
to heap blessings upon someone; to heap someone with work.
to load, supply, or fill abundantly:
to heap a plate with food.
to become heaped or piled, as sand or snow; rise in a heap or heaps (often followed by up).
all of a heap, Informal.

overwhelmed with astonishment; amazed:
We were struck all of a heap upon hearing of their divorce.
suddenly; abruptly:
All of a heap the room was empty.

noun
a collection of articles or mass of material gathered together in one place
(informal) (often pl) usually foll by of. a large number or quantity
(Austral, slang) give them heaps, to contend strenuously with an opposing sporting team
(NZ, slang) give it heaps, to try very hard
(informal) a place or thing that is very old, untidy, unreliable, etc: the car was a heap
adverb
heaps, (intensifier): he said he was feeling heaps better
verb
often foll by up or together. to collect or be collected into or as if into a heap or pile: to heap up wealth
(transitive; often foll by with, on, or upon) to load or supply (with) abundantly: to heap with riches
n.

Old English heap “pile, great number, multitude” (of things or persons), from West Germanic *haupaz (cf. Old Saxon hop, Old Frisian hap, Middle Low German hupe, Dutch hoop, German Haufe “heap”), perhaps related to Old English heah “high.” Slang meaning “old car” is attested from 1924. As a characteristic word in American Indian English speech, “a lot, a great deal,” by 1832.
v.

Old English heapian “collect, heap up, bring together;” from heap (n.). Related: Heaped; heaping. Cf. Old High German houfon “to heap.”

noun

A car, esp an old ramshackle one; jalopy: I keep hoping somebody will steal this heap
Any old vehicle

Related Terms

junk heap

[1924+; a motorcyclists’ shortening of scrap heap]

When Joshua took the city of Ai (Josh. 8), he burned it and “made it an heap [Heb. tel] for ever” (8:28). The ruins of this city were for a long time sought for in vain. It has been at length, however, identified with the mound which simply bears the name of “Tel.” “There are many Tels in modern Palestine, that land of Tels, each Tel with some other name attached to it to mark the former site. But the site of Ai has no other name ‘unto this day.’ It is simply et-Tel, ‘the heap’ par excellence.”

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