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Aside, to dogpile is to have a group of people all leap onto a single target, as dogs to fallen game. In football, as in schoolyards, participants in a dogpile (save for the unfortunate "individual") essay to immobilize, and often crush the target.

"Dogpile" is used metaphorically to express a series of rebuttals to a single statement.

dogfood = D = dogwash

dogpile v.

[Usenet: prob. fr. mainstream "puppy pile"] When many people post unfriendly responses in short order to a single posting, they are sometimes said to "dogpile" or "dogpile on" the person to whom they're responding. For example, when a religious missionary posts a simplistic appeal to alt.atheism, he can expect to be dogpiled. It has been suggested that this derives from U.S. football slang for a tackle involving three or more people; among hackers, it seems at least as likely to derive from an `autobiographical' Bugs Bunny cartoon in which a gang of attacking canines actually yells "Dogpile on the rabbit!".

--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.

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