in a heap


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Chinese - China
The giant turnip budged. Then it burst forth from the ground. Grandpa, Grandma, Granddaughter, Dog, Cat and Mouse fell backward in a heap. Before they lay the biggest turnip they had ever set eyes on.

(The Giant Turnip, Reading A-Z)

I wonder if ‘in a heap’ above means ‘heavily’ or ‘in a pile’.

Many thanks in advance.
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