Definition of makeweight in English:

makeweight

noun

  • 1Something put on a scale to make up the required weight.

    • ‘I've got my little bag of foreign coins out as a makeweight, so let's see…’
    counterweight, counterbalance, counterpoise, balance
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    1. 1.1 An unimportant person or thing that is only added or included in order to complete something.
      ‘he has waited a long time to establish himself after two years as squad makeweight’
      • ‘And the Wildcats are believed to have targeted promising young loose forward Jamie Langley as a makeweight in any deal.’
      • ‘Samuel Eto'o had also been mentioned as a possible makeweight in any deal for Owen but he is determined to join Barcelona.’
      • ‘Tiny ivory fans were put into tea chests as makeweights and we all associate white ostrich feather with presentation at court.’
      • ‘It has been mooted, though, that Rangers defender Michael Ball could be a makeweight to ensure the deal looks good on paper for all sides.’
      • ‘Da Capo place the Second Symphony last on disc thus leaving Nielsen's refreshing thoughts on man's four temperaments as a thoughtful makeweight.’
      • ‘In addition, Graille said United also offered keeper Fabien Barthez as a makeweight during early talks over Ronaldinho's future.’
      • ‘The idea is that he will be used as a makeweight in a deal to get one of their prisoners back.’
      • ‘The only way he would join a bigger side is if he was used as a makeweight in a transfer deal.’
      • ‘This came a mere two weeks after Smith was brought to Tayside by Duffy as the makeweight in a £600,000 deal which took Morten Wieghorst to Celtic Park.’
      • ‘The interviews are moderately interesting - the composers discuss their earliest musical experiences and the background to their featured works - but they are clearly makeweights.’
      • ‘Glazunov's Reverie was the original makeweight for the fourth side of the Mozart set.’
      • ‘The three concertos added as makeweight were recorded in 1982-83.’
      • ‘Disc two's round-up of singles hints at last-minute doubts about disc one: doubts that, two or three makeweights aside, are unjustified.’
      • ‘In search of much-needed cohesion in the second half, Benitez sent on Antonio Nunez, the winger who was a makeweight in the deal that took Michael Owen to Real Madrid.’
      • ‘France, after the shock of defeat by Prussia in the war of 1870-1, began to look to its cultural achievements as a makeweight to military failure.’
      • ‘The Mozart ‘Haffner,’ which serves as a makeweight for Bruckner's Fifth, was recorded in 1976.’
      • ‘The thing is that it is not as if we have five strong players with four makeweights.’
      • ‘I've done a deal for John Middleton and you're going to Forest as a makeweight.’
      • ‘The message from Thistle, though, is they are not makeweights in this Premierleague.’
      • ‘Hedman filled a void created by Dmitri Kharine's summer contract expiry but the Sweden international is not expected to be just a squad makeweight.’

Pronunciation

makeweight

/ˈmeɪkweɪt/