Meaning of weight in English:


Pronunciation /weɪt/

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  • 1mass noun A body's relative mass or the quantity of matter contained by it, giving rise to a downward force; the heaviness of a person or thing.

    ‘he was at least fifteen stone in weight’
    • ‘she misjudged the weight of the book and dropped it’
    • ‘mastiffs can reach a weight of 8st 2lb (52 kg)’
    • ‘A specific body weight was not strived for.’
    • ‘I thought I'd translate my weight from stones to pounds.’
    • ‘His weight has risen massively and his body has ballooned.’
    • ‘The most obvious difference is size: relative to body weight, a human brain is twice as big as a chimp brain.’
    • ‘He has also tried many kinds of weight-loss medicines only to see his weight keep rising.’
    • ‘We connect on small matters, our weight, the weather, nothing more, but nothing less either.’
    • ‘Now, despite the efforts of doctors, personal trainers, dieticians and the social services her weight has continued to rise.’
    • ‘Cowan thinks women who say weight doesn't matter are lying but he hasn't given up hope.’
    • ‘I have lost a pound or two in weight - my boyfriend has lost half a stone - but I don't feel being teetotal has led to a major improvement in my health.’
    • ‘The rise in our weight correlates with the increase in the use of our cars.’
    • ‘How has your weight affected your relationship with the women in your life, and with women in general?’
    • ‘I do not argue that there is no relationship between weight and health.’
    • ‘Are you going to go from your current weight to your target weight of 120 pounds under this medical regime?’
    • ‘We never made fun of her weight directly, no matter how paranoid she was about it.’
    • ‘Born in Georgetown Hospital in Washington, Margaret came into the world seven-and-a-half pounds in weight.’
    • ‘Her speech was affected and she gained two stone in weight.’
    • ‘I've begun to lose my hair, I've put on two stone in weight.’
    • ‘In 1990 he climbed Everest, following the footsteps of George Mallory, and lost five stones in weight through the ordeal.’
    • ‘A while back my sister made an effort to gain weight; her body mass index indicated that she was underweight.’
    • ‘Any athlete needs to consume enough energy to maintain appropriate weight and body composition while training for a sport.’
    • ‘Height, weight, calculated body mass index, and blood pressures were recorded.’
    • ‘There are many reasons why controlling our weight is important for most of us.’
    • ‘Getting enough exercise is a crucial factor in keeping weight at a healthy level.’
    heaviness, mass, load, burden, pressure, force
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    1. 1.1Physics The force exerted on the mass of a body by a gravitational field.
      ‘The interaction of the acceleration of gravity on the mass of our body produces the force which is called weight.’
      • ‘Assuming you're doing this in a gravity environment, more mass means more weight.’
      • ‘Our weight is defined as the force that we exert due to our mass.’
    2. 1.2The quality of being heavy.
      ‘as he came upstairs the boards creaked under his weight’
      • ‘I crept around my apartment, the floor under my warm beige carpet creaking under my weight with each step that I took.’
      • ‘She stopped, noticing that the wooden planks were giving in to her weight, creaking dangerously.’
      • ‘He took a step on the platform, his weight causing a loud creak, and froze.’
      • ‘It was so massive that the floor sank several feet downward under its weight.’
      • ‘He then shifted his position a little and felt the bed sinking downward because of his weight.’
      • ‘I am determined to keep the weight off now and to continue my workouts.’
    3. 1.3count noun A unit or system of units used for expressing how much an object or quantity of matter weighs.
      ‘weights and measures’
      • ‘It is very important that farmers selling livestock and other products start to think in terms of the metric system of weights and measures such as kilos and litres.’
      • ‘Elaborated between 1790 and 1799, the decimal metric system of weights and measures was zealously promoted under Napoleon.’
      • ‘Equally of interest at the exhibition are the charts listing the different quantities and units used for weights and measures in this land.’
      • ‘North of the border, despite similar attempts to disentangle the confusing system of Scottish weights and measures, there was no serious attack on the problem until the Restoration.’
      • ‘Certainly we know that the system of weights and measures of the Sumerians do use 1/3 and 2/3 as basic fractions.’
      • ‘The uniformity of administrative structures was reflected, later, in the imposition of a national, decimal system of weights, measures, and currency.’
      • ‘Many happy hours may be spent poring over the 120,000 calculations in a currency and a system of weights and measures long since discarded’
      • ‘While he ruled, the Tibetan laws, calendar, alphabet, and system of weights and measures were created.’
      • ‘The answer is to standardize the system of weights and measures.’
      • ‘The imperial system of weights and measures will no longer be used when quoting prices in euros.’
      • ‘We calculate in the same units of weights and measures.’
      • ‘We are used to measuring things in terms of various systems of weights and measures.’
      • ‘Along with the cubit, what other weights and measures are found in the Holy Bible?’
      • ‘To the relief of many - although not the younger generation schooled in metric measures - imperial weights look set to be saved.’
  • 2A piece of metal known to weigh a definite amount and used on scales to determine how heavy an object or quantity of a substance is.

    ‘the herbalist spooned the powder on to scales with tiny brass weights’
    • ‘Abu Ammar pondered this a moment as he put the bags on the old brass scale and adjusted the weights.’
    • ‘There is a set of scales with weights, a rolling pin, a round spice tin, a wooden potato masher, and a butter cooler.’
    • ‘People had to carry the scales, accompanying weights, and sometimes even tools to cut the metal, just to be able to transact.’
    • ‘Officers found scales, weights, a partially smoked cannabis joint, and about £62 after raiding the house on March 21.’
    1. 2.1A heavy object, especially one being lifted or carried.
      ‘be careful when lifting a heavy weight’
      • ‘The sections were forced to march distances of up to 8km over night to reach stand locations carrying weights in excess of 35 kg.’
      • ‘Press under kitchen weights and let sit overnight at room temperature.’
    2. 2.2A heavy object used to give an impulse or act as a counterpoise in a mechanism.
      ‘We come across bright ideas in books, like over-length lines passed through pulleys under floats and the excess taken up by counter-balancing weights.’
      • ‘Basically it's a series of counterbalanced weights which moves the camera's centre of gravity away from the operator whilst still allowing them to perform camera moves.’
      • ‘‘Um, he and Robbie went to the mall with Tommy,’ I replied, stacking the weights on the counter.’
      • ‘And then there are counter-balanced scales, which use a variety of different sized weights to counter balance the weight of the object placed upon them.’
      • ‘He also obtained a patent for a windlass for raising weights.’
      • ‘The radio play powered by pre-electric pulleys and weights, the nuclear holocaust in the title track.’
      • ‘There are two large weights hung from pulleys behind the clock.’
      • ‘Put the rope on the pulley, drop the weight onto the button, jam the stick onto the hole.’
      • ‘You see, all mechanical clocks are driven by a weight, like a pendulum, or a tightly wound spring.’
      • ‘Choose a moderate weight for this exercise, as the weight is used primarily as a counterbalance.’
      • ‘Pressure was adjusted by changing the weight placed on the piston.’
    3. 2.3A heavy object thrown by a shot-putter.
    4. 2.4weightsBlocks or discs of metal or other heavy material used in weightlifting or weight training.
      ‘I favor lighter weights and dumbbells to develop balance, control and coordination.’
      • ‘We also worked out with weights and used treadmills and stationary bicycles.’
      • ‘It doesn't matter how many weights or fitness regimes I do.’
      • ‘It doesn't matter how many weights I do and fitness regimes I do.’
      • ‘Experiment with a variety of weights to determine what you should use.’
      • ‘‘It was then I started lifting heavier weights and then it was suggested that I take up powerlifting,’ she said.’
      • ‘Lift with heavier weights and do fewer repetitions - that builds muscle.’
      • ‘You have to be careful about what you're doing - you wouldn't be allowed to go into the gym and lift the heaviest weights on your first day.’
      • ‘They run, play tennis and lift heavier and heavier weights, long after their joints can no longer take the pressure.’
      • ‘As you lift heavier weights, also increase your rest periods between sets to 1-2 minutes.’
      • ‘Some advice she frequently offers to her clients: Don't be afraid to lift heavier weights.’
      • ‘Even lifting heavier weights at fewer repetitions two days a week will more positively affect bone health.’
      • ‘That's why you've got to keep lifting heavier and heavier weights.’
      • ‘Many guys strive to lift heavier weights with the hopes of building more muscle.’
      • ‘We practice slowly lifting heavier weights to work all my body parts.’
      • ‘Many injuries are caused by attempting to lift a weight that is too heavy.’
      • ‘When he wasn't working he'd often be found at the gym where he lifted weights.’
      • ‘The most popular way to increase your strength is to lift weights.’
      • ‘The second thing that I do is I go to the gym and I lift weights.’
      • ‘On the weekends we would kick back and have recreation time, we could play dominoes, basketball, handball, or lift weights.’
    5. 2.5mass noun The amount that a jockey is expected or required to weigh, or the amount that a horse can easily carry.
      ‘Such was his class that when running in handicaps, he was forced to give away huge amounts of weight - yet still managed to come home in front.’
      • ‘When the handicapper allots a weight to a horse for the Grand National, he will look at its previous form.’
      • ‘Look at the weight carried by the horses that finished in the frame.’
      • ‘The only way he thought he could make jockey weight was to go to extremes.’
      • ‘To keep their weight down, jockeys lived on 600 calories a day.’
      • ‘He opened his career by winning a maiden special weight race at Saratoga Race Course on August 26.’
      • ‘The Fall Highweight, as its name suggests, challenges horses to carry heavier weights than most North American races today.’
      • ‘Sellers believes few jockeys really can naturally keep a competitive weight.’
  • 3mass noun The ability of someone or something to influence decisions or actions.

    ‘a recommendation by the committee will carry great weight’
    • ‘They had no weight or influence in society to convince them of any falsehood that it would replace what was true.’
    • ‘How does a majority in one case get the power to imbue its decision with extra weight?’
    • ‘First, future costs may not have the same weight in our decisions as present costs.’
    • ‘Would all states have equal weight in the decision?’
    • ‘Accordingly I would give his affidavit no weight in my decision.’
    • ‘The interview is the most frequently used selection device and is often given the most weight in hiring decisions.’
    • ‘In our view, Mr Pearson gave undue weight in reaching his decisions to the level of personal care that is required.’
    • ‘It is under neither a moral nor a legal obligation to give any weight to its predetermined decision.’
    • ‘His ability to do so hardly adds weight to his claims.’
    • ‘Carter similarly found that his authority carried little weight with his slaves.’
    • ‘Why should one authority carry greater weight than any other?’
    • ‘To be sure, what Washington wants still carries an enormous amount of weight in the capitals of Latin America.’
    influence, force, leverage, sway, muscle, teeth, importance, significance, consequence, value, substance, power, authority, prestige
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    1. 3.1The importance attributed to something.
      ‘individuals differ in the weight they attach to various aspects of a job’
      • ‘Any extended treatment of the subject of empire that does not give full weight to the fact that human beings do not want to be ruled by foreigners is worth very little.’
      • ‘Above all, it is necessary to give full weight to the provisions of Article 5 as a whole.’
      • ‘Shakespeare's biographers now give full weight to material sidelined by earlier scholars.’
      • ‘The weight to be attributed to such documents varies in each case and will depend on their nature and context.’
      • ‘Everything else is of little import, of little weight on the human conscience and pales in significance.’
      • ‘The weight, or importance, to be attached to such advice depends on all the circumstances.’
      • ‘The FPC attaches great weight to the letters written by you, the students.’
      • ‘Many primitive societies attach existential weight to the names of things.’
      • ‘It's no big deal and no weight should be attached to it.’
      • ‘She places a great deal of weight on the cultural influence of the early Barbadian settlers to South Carolina.’
      • ‘It is difficult for us today to give due weight to taboo factors.’
      • ‘Alternatively, the PCC give disproportionate weight to this factor.’
      • ‘He said he had to give considerable weight to that factor.’
      • ‘However, it seems to me that this third factor is of little weight.’
      • ‘I think most judges give weight to this factor in reaching their factual conclusions.’
      • ‘Too many factors of varying weight and relevance have to be weighed in the balance.’
      • ‘They may not have given sufficient weight to two other factors, one an arguable hypothesis and the other a central fact of British politics.’
    2. 3.2Statistics A factor associated with one of a set of numerical quantities, used to represent its importance relative to the other members of the set.
  • 4The surface density of cloth, used as a measure of its quality.

    ‘Keep two weights of press cloths on hand and use them appropriately.’
    • ‘Customers often accused scrap dealers of selling false weights or qualities of goods.’
    • ‘Rayon is strong, extremely absorbent, comes in a variety of qualities and weights, and can be made to resemble natural fabrics.’
    • ‘The numbers by which the weight of fabrics are measured represent the number of ounces per yard.’
    • ‘For travel clothing, there are wrinkle-resistant shirtings and pant weights that are comfortable and easy to launder.’
    • ‘The soft feel of some of these fabrics, coupled with their lighter weights, make them an appealing all-season product.’


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  • 1Hold (something) down by placing a heavy object on top of it.

    ‘a mug half filled with coffee weighted down a stack of papers’
    • ‘The main disadvantage is that they are a bit fragile in heavy weather even if they are weighted down.’
    • ‘Her body was limp and lifeless and her heavy dress was weighted down by the water.’
    • ‘They are not weighted down by the need for power.’
    • ‘But this is not a book of statistics, and it's not weighted down with moralizing and anger.’
    • ‘The movie is not weighted down by plot, but it does have a recognizable storyline featuring legitimate characters and a few nice (but minor) twists.’
    • ‘Rayne constantly had to pull her feet from the mud, because they sunk so far they were weighted down with mud.’
    • ‘Most people in the West aren't weighted down by that belief.’
    • ‘All of my limbs felt like they were weighted down with lead.’
    • ‘That stuff would dry up and blow away if it wasn't weighted down.’
    • ‘The base is weighted down with rocks somebody dug out of a yard.’
    • ‘Her legs were throbbing and the pack on her back was so weighted down with water that it had caused her shoulders and spine to ache.’
    • ‘Lee nodded and ran out, forcing his legs to move fast even though they felt as if they were weighted down with lead.’
    • ‘The shorter half of the beam was heavily weighted down, and from the longer end hung a pouch of rope.’
    • ‘She moves a lot in her sleep, rolling this way and that as if her mind is weighted down and troubled.’
    • ‘Summer dwellings seem to have been tents weighted down by stones around the periphery.’
    • ‘The mesh should then be weighted down around the perimeter to prevent access by rodents or other vermin.’
    • ‘Groaning slightly, he eased back, and strained to lift eyelids that felt weighted with bricks.’
    1. 1.1Attach a heavy object to (something), especially so as to make it stay in place.
      ‘the jugs were covered with muslin veils weighted with coloured beads’
      • ‘Her neck is hung with crucifixes and beads, while her wrists are weighted with bands of stainless steel.’
      • ‘Billy's hammock had been weighted with shot and his body was thrown into the sea.’
      • ‘To make sure that the roots stay submerged, tie them gently with a piece of string that has been weighted with a stone.’
      • ‘From her right hand dangled a length of line, weighted by a piece of lead in the size and shape of a split pea.’
      • ‘The traps are typically positioned on the sea floor and heavily weighted to keep them in place.’
      • ‘A matching robe is enclosed by a maroon silk sash, weighted with more gems.’
  • 2Attribute importance or value to.

    ‘speaking, reading, and writing should be weighted equally in the assessment’
    • ‘Important economic indicators that are weighted so heavily in public and private decision-making are not impacted by changes to the environment.’
    • ‘I think it's important to recognize the cost of war and to weight that cost against our raison d'être.’
    • ‘Thus, two countries with vastly different populations, like Ghana and China, for example, are weighted equally.’
    bring attention to, call attention to, draw attention to, focus attention on, highlight, point up, spotlight, foreground, play up, make a point of
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    1. 2.1be weightedBe planned or arranged so as to put a specified person, group, or factor in a position of advantage or disadvantage.
      ‘the balance of power is weighted in favour of the government’
      • ‘In most times and places, the scales have been heavily weighted towards the great men.’
      • ‘Some accept the judgments reluctantly but, increasingly, men are showing their frustration at what they believe is a system that is weighted too heavily in favour of mothers.’
      • ‘I don't believe that the system should be weighted in favour of developers, but everyone should work together to produce end results that suit both the city and the developer.’
      • ‘It may well save a few innocent lives if the justice system was less weighted in favour of the criminal's human rights.’
      • ‘As ‘political’ weblogs tend to have much longer blogrolls than other weblogs, the chart is therefore weighted in their favour to a certain degree.’
      • ‘With the introduction of the Children Act the system was supposed to be weighted in favour of the children and courts had to put the welfare of the child first.’
      • ‘Our justice system, under-funded and under pressure, is weighted towards miscarriages.’
      • ‘The scheme would therefore continue to be weighted in favour of small and medium scale producers.’
      • ‘The compromise was a Criminal Justice System weighted in favour of the defendant but with harsh penalties for the convicted.’
      • ‘It's the German-style proportional system so it's weighted to favour the minor parties.’
      • ‘But she concludes that despite a series of reforms, its culture remains weighted in favour of doctors.’
      • ‘The judicial system remains weighted in favour of the police.’
      • ‘The crown took other measures to make the scales of justice less weighted against the peasantry.’
      • ‘UK investors face difficulty forcing change because of the voting structure, which is weighted in favour of management who own so-called priority shares.’
      • ‘The samples we've included were weighted to favor people whose past voting behavior suggested a higher likelihood of voting.’
      • ‘It is also understood the panel will be weighted to account for other factors.’
      • ‘He pursued a policy of non-confrontation that allowed Democrats to vote for a tax cut which was overwhelmingly weighted in favour of the wealthiest citizens.’
    2. 2.2Statistics Multiply the components of (an average) by factors to take account of their importance.
      ‘These factors are statistically weighted as to importance, and relative values are assigned.’
      • ‘However, note that values should be weighted by their probabilities given the data.’
      • ‘Data were transformed into presence/absence counts for all comparisons allowing species to be equally weighted.’
      • ‘Because the deep integration design uses all the raw data in the Kalman filter, all data can be weighted equally.’
      • ‘Each of the women's responses was assessed with the value weighted on each variable to develop a profile of her psychological attitude during pregnancy.’
      • ‘The interview agenda of general topical areas should be weighted by relative importance, as suggested by the following.’
      • ‘All characters were coded as unordered and weighted equally.’
      • ‘Every generation the mean inbreeding coefficient of the population was calculated from pedigree relationships, weighted by the different numbers of males and females.’
      • ‘Interviews were conducted across the country and the results have been weighted to represent the profile of all adults.’
      • ‘Because the true probability of selection is known, the panel can be weighted to represent the cohort of all seventh and eighth graders in the Rochester public schools in 1988.’
      • ‘Because the true probability of each adolescent being selected is known, the sample can be weighted to represent all Rochester public school students.’
      • ‘Research shows that the measurements, properly weighted, can replicate the impact of horses' hooves on the ground.’
      • ‘The sample of survey recipients selected was weighted using these percentages.’
  • 3Assign a handicap weight to (a horse).

    ‘A total of 267 entries have been weighted for the Melbourne Cup, and 279 for the Caulfield Cup.’
    • ‘The 58 entries weighted for the Summer Handicap are shown below in order of horse, trainer, weight and merit rating.’
    • ‘Quoted at 5-1, this is the horse weighted to win the race.’
    • ‘Ela D' Argent looks attractively weighted on her handicap debut.’
    • ‘He does not look badly weighted in this handicap.’
    • ‘Pat Eddery's mount showed promise in his three starts last term and looks nicely weighted in his first handicap.’
    • ‘There's only one horse weighted to beat her.’
    • ‘The good news is that Artie is now on the comeback trail and, looking nicely weighted for his first handicap, he is expected to take plenty of beating tomorrow.’
    • ‘Four-year-olds and older are weighted at 126 pounds at all distances throughout the year, and the scale is adjusted down from that level.’
    • ‘Improved as a handicap hurdler last season; is to revert to steeplechasing this season and he is very well weighted over the bigger obstacles.’
    • ‘At Ascot he would be nicely weighted even if he will run from three pounds out of the handicap.’
  • 4Treat (a fabric) with a mineral to make it seem thicker and heavier.


    be a weight off one's mind
    • Come as a great relief after one has been worried.

      ‘there's nothing seriously wrong with you—is that a weight off your mind?’
      • ‘Retired miner Cope said the deal was a weight off his mind.’
      • ‘It is a weight off your mind,’ he said.’
    be worth one's weight in gold
    • Be extremely useful or helpful.

      ‘someone who can understand and collate medical notes is worth their weight in gold’
      • ‘All the cast were worth their weight in gold.’
      • ‘When special agents are brought in, they are treated as if they were worth their weight in gold.’
      • ‘As I mentioned previously, great care needs to be taken when moving in to areas where you have no local knowledge and this is where a reliable local property consultant is worth their weight in gold.’
      • ‘They will know the routes, and a good one is worth his weight in gold, in event of sickness and other contingencies.’
      • ‘‘If the new group were there from the start they would be worth their weight in gold,’ she said.’
      • ‘Psychiatrists and psychologists can be worth their weight in gold.’
      • ‘A real quality goalkicker can be worth his weight in gold.’
      • ‘He said the helicopters were worth their weight in gold.’
      • ‘This is where a good copywriter will be worth their weight in gold.’
      • ‘Stuart has been worth his weight in gold both on and off the field.’
    lose weight
    • Become thinner or lighter.

      • ‘she had lost weight and her features seemed almost angular’
    put on weight
    • Become fatter or heavier.

      ‘you shouldn't be eating that burger—you've put on weight lately’
      • ‘The thing is, racehorses can lose weight and put on weight very quickly.’
      • ‘Most people who have weight problems can lose weight, indeed have already done so.’
      • ‘I will not in any way encourage anyone to lose weight or put on weight.’
      • ‘Another interesting fact was that a member of our party who has trouble with weight lost weight during the trip as well.’
      • ‘She's lost weight, put it on, lost weight, put it on, lost weight, put it on.’
      • ‘Sure, I could lose weight, I have been losing weight but I'm left with horrid empty hanging skin.’
      • ‘Unless he loses weight then he will have all those health problems long-term, so it's vital.’
      • ‘Jones waited to see how much weight she would gain, but lost weight instead.’
      • ‘If your child is not gaining weight as expected or is losing weight, talk to your child's doctor.’
      • ‘The stomach is the first place we usually put on weight and often a difficult place to lose weight.’
      • ‘Bella said: ‘He was putting on weight so fast, faster than other babies.’’
      • ‘No one will tell you you're putting on weight (but they'll tell you if you lose it!’
      • ‘He said: ‘Women in particular tend to be worried about putting on weight.’’
      • ‘We're just pleased that he's putting on weight and is feeling so good.’
      • ‘She is slowly putting on weight now and hopefully she can lead a normal life.’
      • ‘She suffered for her craft by putting on weight, shaving her eyebrows and wearing tons of unflattering makeup.’
      • ‘He's been feeding well and putting on weight and is now the right size for a newborn baby.’
      • ‘Apparently these women in New York are getting pregnant, but the only thing they are thinking about is themselves, and whether they are putting on weight.’
      • ‘She points out that after the age of 35, many start putting on weight because of decreased metabolism and so walking is the best way to burn off the calories.’
      • ‘But now he is putting on weight and he has been discharged by the consultants.’
    the weight of the world
    • Used in reference to a very heavy burden of worry or responsibility.

      ‘he continues to carry the weight of the world on his shoulders’
      • ‘So when I saw him yesterday he looked down and beat, like he was bearing the weight of the world.’
      • ‘I sobbed silently; I felt heavy, as if the weight of the world was on my shoulders.’
      • ‘You'd swear they had the weight of the world on their shoulders, rather, in many cases the relatively trivial trials of a town council.’
      • ‘I have had the weight of the world on my shoulders coming into this fight.’
      • ‘She has the weight of the world on her shoulder and she also has to raise a 14-year-old son.’
      • ‘He no longer has the weight of the world on his shoulders.’
      • ‘I wake up feeling the weight of the world on my shoulders.’
      • ‘She sat at the podium, her shoulders slumped with the weight of the world.’
      • ‘He walked as if bearing the weight of the world on his shoulders.’
      • ‘He doesn't mention that sometimes he carries the weight of the world on his shoulders.’
    throw one's weight around
    • Be unpleasantly self-assertive.

      • ‘he didn't swagger or throw his weight around’
      • ‘Officials tended to throw their weight around, whilst deferring to those above them on the bureaucratic ladder, to scramble for petty privilege, and to defend their narrow departmental turf.’
      • ‘Problem is, you tend to get young blokes coming in groups of two or three, and just throwing their weight around.’
      • ‘He is the typical office bully who throws his weight around because he is the boss's man.’
      • ‘I think a lot of us feel that there are too many senior doctors throwing their weight around.’
      • ‘Finally we have the realisation that throwing our weight around in other countries might come back to haunt us.’
      • ‘For the moment Chirac can still enjoy the best of both worlds: standing up to the USA, and throwing his weight around in Francophone Africa.’
      • ‘I'll bet he was a real jerk around enlisted men… always throwing his weight around.’
      • ‘The scientist-hero of the story then begins throwing his weight around, bending ministers to his will.’
      • ‘She seemed nice at first, but within a couple of days of them hooking up she started throwing her weight around, acting like they'd been going out for a year.’
      • ‘When you've already arrived you don't have to throw your weight around.’
    throw one's weight behind
    • Use one's influence to help support.

      • ‘the council is to throw its weight behind a campaign to save one of the borough's best-loved beauty spots’
      • ‘Foreign Affairs Minister Brian Cowen also threw his weight behind the Treaty.’
      • ‘He threw his weight behind three candidates in last year's City Council elections.’
      • ‘Gilbert is the latest business figure to throw his weight behind Scotland's bid to host the 2008 European football championships.’
      • ‘The campaign has the full support of the health industry, with many respected consultants throwing their weight behind the scheme.’
      • ‘The President told us that we had their confidence and that they supported what we did and threw their weight behind us.’
      • ‘The establishment decided in her favour and threw their weight behind her claim to the throne and maintaining the status quo.’
      • ‘Influential church leaders threw their weight behind the strike.’
      • ‘At Tuesday night's council meeting, she surprised some by throwing her weight behind the project.’


Old English (ge)wiht, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wicht and German Gewicht. The form of the word has been influenced by weigh.