Is there a succinct verb for the act of putting something on top of something else? I'm looking for something more vivid than a simple put or place.

I xxx'd the letter on the pile of bills.

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    I don't see how you can get a much more succinct verb than "put". Saying "put X on Y" implies on top of Y. Nov 20, 2011 at 23:54
  • Why the down votes? I received some great synonyms for a word that is difficult to look up in a thesaurus. Nov 21, 2011 at 14:35
  • @Jen, part of the problem is that your question is somewhat self-contradictory: you want something succinct, but then immediately discard the most likely candidates as not vivid enough. It could help to clarify which aspect is most important to you: succinctness or vividness? Also, you might want to explain why looking up "put" and "place" in a thesaurus did not yield an answer.
    – Marthaª
    Nov 22, 2011 at 17:13
  • Put and place are hard to look up as they are general and have a multitude of applications. The accepted answer (toss) is both succinct and vivid. Thanks again, everyone! Nov 22, 2011 at 17:50

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How about "toss"? That was what my brain filled in when I read your sentence.


There's stacked, and you could say you added the letter to the pile.

Additional reference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1f-kfRREA8M


I would say piled but that sounds bad in the context of your example. I'd choose between some flavor of stack or pile - "I piled the letter on top of all the bills" - and using some flavor of put or place - "I put the letter on the pile of bills".

stack - Arrange (a number of things) in a pile, typically a neat one: "the books had been stacked up in three piles".

put - Move to or place in a particular position: "Harry put down his cup"


You can use the verb lay (past tense laid).


Some variations with various nuances:

  • I balanced the letter carefully atop the pile of bills.
  • I slammed the letter down, onto the pile of bills.
  • I deposited the letter on the pile of bills.
  • I dropped the letter into the mess of bills and stirred them all about.

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