Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

mountain of something

mountain of sth
1) a large pile or quantity of sth
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    • a mountain of work/forms
  • Analysis
     A ‘mountain’ of something is a large pile or quantity of something. This phrase is similar in meaning to ‘a heap of’ and is usually used to exaggerate the size or amount of something. You could have a ‘mountain of work’ to do or have a ‘mountain of books’ or other objects in your home for example. This is largely an informal expression.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Tony couldn't attend the concert as he had a mountain of work to do.
    2. Applicants must fill out mountains of forms when applying for a passport.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I have a mountain of things to get through before I can finish work for the evening.
    2. When my aunt died she left a mountain of letters and journals behind.
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