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    thousands upon thousands

    45)Jeremy did not accomplish this through one big change. He accomplished thousands upon thousands of little changes among the people he encountered. He did not accomplish this through proposing
    policies to the leaders of countries. He appealed to the hearts of
    people who cared about their own countries as well as the
    world. He held a vision, he set goals, he enrolled many diverse
    groups of people, and he took action for his vision through

    What is the role of "upon" here? "thousands upon thousands "
    "accumulating on"?

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    Re: thousands upon thousands

    Yes. "Thousands upon thousands" acts to emphasize the large number. It is usually an exaggeration.

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