Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

heap

heap
Meaning(s)
1) noun: a lot of something, usually a pile or accumulation
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • a heap of rubbish/garbage/trouble
  • Analysis
    As a verb 'to heap' is to pile' or gather objects and place them on top of each other. "I heap clothes on the chair in my bedroom." It can also mean to give a large amount of something to someone. "She heaped praise on her son for getting such good exam results." "He heaped sugar into his tea."
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. There was a heap of rubbish outside the back door. It was really piling up.
    2. If you don't tidy your room, you'll be in a heap of trouble!
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. He heaped sugar, flour and eggs into a bowl.
    2. She heaped the shopping bags into the back of her car.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I'm so tired. My Boss gave me a heap of work to do, and I'm snowed under.
  • Further Suggestions
2) a lot of something, usually a pile or accumulation
  • How to MemorizePopularity Professional HighSocial
    • a heap of rubbish/garbage/trouble
  • Analysis

    As a noun 'a heap' is a pile or gathering of objects placed on top of each other. "I always have a heap of papers on my desk." If you have 'heaps' of something, you have a large amount of it. "Someone got the paper order wrong and now we have heaps of it in the store cupboard." You can also use 'heap' as an adjective meaning 'a lot'. "Ice-skating was heaps of fun." 

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. There was a heap of rubbish outside the back door. It was really piling up.
    2. If you don't tidy your room, you'll be in a heap of trouble!
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I'm so tired. My Boss gave me a heap of work to do, and I'm snowed under.
    2. I'm going to have to reschedule our meeting I have a heap of paperwork that needs to be in by the close of business.
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