Main definitions of weigh in English

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[with object]
  • 1Find out how heavy (someone or something) is, typically using scales.

    ‘weigh yourself on the day you begin the diet’
    ‘the vendor weighed the vegetables’
    • ‘Scales to weigh the bags were part of the mills' equipment.’
    • ‘A blonde goes into a pharmacy and asks to use the baby scale to weigh the child she has in her arms.’
    • ‘The buckets were then weighed and the heaviest amount won.’
    • ‘Many industries developed their own very specific scales designed to weigh particular items.’
    • ‘The Australian gold rush of the 1850s generated a huge demand for accurate scales to weigh precious metals and guns to protect the gold bullion.’
    • ‘He said he used the scales to weigh drugs before buying them.’
    • ‘Michael, who was so large his GP's scales could not weigh him, has lost almost 20 inches from his waist - and he's still shrinking.’
    • ‘We have a scale and offer to weigh members if they choose.’
    • ‘The jury should infer that the applicant had used the scales in order to weigh the drugs before supplying them.’
    • ‘The smith weighs each coin on a little scale.’
    • ‘I shall in future weigh, not guess, quantities of rice and pasta.’
    • ‘We finally find a larger scale to weigh the crop.’
    • ‘We weighed our athletes with accurate scales before a training session, and then again on completion of the session.’
    • ‘Weighing the infant can be accurate if an electronic scale is used.’
    • ‘Stallholders weigh produce on scales strung from a notched rod, balanced on one finger.’
    measure the weight of, measure how heavy someone is, measure how heavy something is, put someone on the scales, put something on the scales
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    1. 1.1 Have a specified weight.
      ‘when the twins were born they weighed ten pounds’
      • ‘The calf weighed a healthy 30 pounds and was 3 feet long.’
      • ‘The baby born in 1988 weighed only one pound and four ounces.’
      • ‘A slight boy, standing 5 feet 5 inches and weighing a mere 115 pounds, Weider became easy prey for local thugs.’
      • ‘We were about to enter our sophomore year, and he still weighed the 100 pounds he always had.’
      • ‘I lost 70 pounds over the next two years, and I now weigh a healthy 125 pounds.’
      • ‘The real beauty of this rifle is that it weighs a mere 3.9 pounds!’
      • ‘Olivia was born weighing a healthy 5lb 12 oz.’
      • ‘She weighs a few pounds less than she did in '61, and is, if anything, even stronger and more trim.’
      • ‘I was never a ‘fat’ kid, but I remember weighing a good 10 pounds more than my classmates did.’
      • ‘The book weighs almost ten pounds.’
      • ‘They are heavy weapons made of steel and weigh a lot.’
      • ‘Luke is born prematurely weighing only one pound and four ounces.’
      • ‘He lifted me as easily as if I weighed nothing.’
      • ‘Maybe I can weigh another 13 pounds less by this coming July.’
      tip the scales at, turn the scales at, come to
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    2. 1.2 Balance in the hands to guess or as if to guess the weight of.
      ‘she picked up the brick and weighed it in her right hand’
      • ‘Pulling out a rather large bag of gold pieces, he held it out, weighing it out in his hand.’
    3. 1.3weigh something out Measure and take from a larger quantity of a substance a portion of a particular weight.
      ‘she weighed out two ounces of loose tobacco’
      • ‘Flour, sugar, rice and other dry goods and plain biscuits were weighed out into brown paper bags.’
  • 2Assess the nature or importance of, especially with a view to a decision or action.

    ‘the consequences of the move would need to be very carefully weighed’
    • ‘In each case trial judges must weigh and balance a catalogue of relevant factors.’
    • ‘The selection of a particular value for a benefit-cost or net benefit analysis must be carefully weighed against the objectives of the analysis.’
    • ‘Each issue, whether it involved an individual or an entire community, was weighed carefully.’
    • ‘The totality of the evidence needs to be weighed and assessed.’
    • ‘He is a reserved man who prefers action to words, weighs those he uses carefully, and is not given to shows of emotion.’
    • ‘Their points of view have been listened to carefully, balanced, and weighed.’
    • ‘Risks and benefits associated with the use of aspirin have to be weighed carefully in any recommendations made by health care professionals.’
    • ‘There is something quiet and assured about her, and when she talks it seems as if she is carefully weighing each of her words before letting them go.’
    • ‘These several costs must be weighed carefully.’
    • ‘There was nothing impulsive about her; she weighed everything, from decisions to her own feelings.’
    • ‘Even in instances in which the likelihood of harm appears low, the costs, demands, risks, and benefits must be carefully weighed.’
    • ‘Every act must be carefully weighed before a decision is made to see whether it meets the strict ethical criteria.’
    • ‘The positive and negative aspects need to be weighed and then a decision is to be taken.’
    • ‘How is the court to weigh and balance all these claims?’
    • ‘Proposed reforms, therefore, ought to be weighed carefully as to whether they are necessary and whether they are worth the costs.’
    • ‘Professional opportunities and options are to be weighed and considered before a clear decision can be taken.’
    • ‘On sensitive subjects my words have to be weighed carefully.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, he stressed that the matter would have to be carefully weighed by the government before any final decision could be made.’
    • ‘But this long-term view has to be weighed against all the work that needs to be undertaken now.’
    consider, contemplate, think about, give thought to, entertain the idea of, deliberate about, turn over in one's mind, mull over, chew over, reflect on, ruminate about, muse on
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    1. 2.1weigh something against Compare the importance of one factor with that of (another)
      ‘they need to weigh benefit against risk’
      • ‘As always, try to understand the relevant protocols and weigh the risks against the benefits.’
      • ‘The FDA is advising doctors to weigh the benefits against risks when prescribing Cox - 2 inhibitors for their patients.’
      • ‘The project was a balancing act of weighing options against the project's time.’
      • ‘It now appears to be a choice of weighing the risks against the benefits.’
      • ‘But I couldn't begin to weigh the potential bloodshed against the potential benefits.’
      • ‘So before putting money down, weigh the costs against the potential benefits.’
      • ‘Once a jury renders a guilty verdict for murder in the first degree, mitigating factors are weighed against aggravating circumstances to decide the defendant's fate.’
      • ‘Even if vaccines cause some adverse reactions in some people, even serious reactions, you still have to weigh their benefit against their harm.’
      • ‘In evaluating the justness of any military venture, it's critical to weigh the anticipated benefits against the expected costs.’
      • ‘But we need to weigh these downsides against the benefits.’
      • ‘We all need to be more resourceful in helping people weigh the risks against the potential consequences of their actions.’
      • ‘What you have to do is weigh the costs against the benefits.’
      • ‘Should patients have a choice to base their decision on whether or not to take a drug by weighing the risks against the benefits?’
      • ‘Exercising free will, individuals calculate the net benefit simply by weighing potential gains against potential losses.’
      • ‘Instead, the writer forces us to hold these two characteristics in our mind at the same time. We have to balance them, weigh them against each other, compare and contrast them.’
      • ‘Although Claire was thrilled to receive tenure at the university where she teaches, she felt her promotion had a certain hollow quality when she weighed its importance against the satisfaction of being a parent.’
      • ‘This is a balancing test where the risk of the device is weighed against the benefits of such a device.’
      • ‘Should not any intervention be assessed with care, weighing costs against benefits?’
      • ‘Although the agency didn't ban these drugs, they did say doctors should weigh the benefits against risks for individual patients.’
      • ‘Because they are stupid, they do not know how to weigh benefits against risk?’
    2. 2.2no object Influence a decision or action; be considered important.
      ‘arguments which weighed in favour of publication’
      ‘the evidence weighed against him’
      • ‘Some of the Internationals might be experienced soldiers, Bligh noted, but their age weighed against them for work like this.’
      • ‘Challenges to official director slates will likely be rare, but the mere threat of them could weigh heavily on management decisions.’
      • ‘The evidence of human history weighs heavily against it.’
      • ‘This kind of schedule has one very important consequence, one that weighs more heavily on me now than it used to.’
      • ‘The epidemiological evidence weighs heavily against such a link.’
      • ‘TNT submitted that this process weighed against the legitimacy of the claims.’
      • ‘Decisions we make today will surely weigh heavily on the shape of the world we eventually leave.’
      • ‘The guilt was slowly lifting, but her fear of making the wrong decision still weighed heavily.’
      • ‘Two factors weighed against any widespread acceptance of the classical version of atomism.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, the stress of the job has weighed heavily on him.’
      • ‘Since assumed jurisdiction would not accord with such standards, nor with the law of the defendant's home, this factor weighed against assuming jurisdiction.’
      • ‘Clearly, the principle of freedom doesn't weigh heavily in his decision making.’
      • ‘Street lighting was discussed but the unsuitability in a rural area and the question of cost weighed against any benefit.’
      • ‘The idea of adding a hard drive to a handset isn't new, but so far disk sizes and reliability issues have weighed against their incorporation into mobiles.’
      • ‘Iowa's emphasis on public education weighed heavily on their decision to move their young family here.’
      • ‘The fact that Cipollini is 36 and has not been at his best since the start of the season weighed heavily on our decision.’
      • ‘Given the recent attacks on his web site, it isn't very difficult to see why these matters weigh heavily with him.’
      • ‘However, ironically, it was its apparent lack of objectivity that weighed against it for most North American psychologists.’
      influence, have influence with, be influential to, carry weight with, count with, tell with, matter to, be important to, be significant to, mean something to, make an impression on, get to, register with
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  • weigh one's words

    • Carefully choose the way one expresses something.

      • ‘‘Well… there is one actually,’ he began slowly, weighing his words and hoping he would sound convincing enough.’
      • ‘He took a deep breath and held it for a moment as he weighed his words carefully.’
      • ‘I could feel her staring, weighing my words and testing them to see if I was telling the truth.’
      • ‘There was a moment's pause and he spoke again, weighing his words.’
      • ‘He talks with a grace and poise that is typically German, weighing his words carefully as we discuss the band's new release.’
      • ‘He sensed her weighing his words, considering his description.’
      • ‘She took a deep breath, weighing her words carefully before she spoke.’
      • ‘‘It's better without Sophie,’ I reply, weighing my words carefully, ‘she has to learn that other people are willing to look past her image.’’
      • ‘Even so,’ she continued, weighing her words carefully, ‘I couldn't help but hope that I would get the chance to tell you how incredibly sorry I am.’
      • ‘He answered slowly and cautiously, as if weighing his words before he said them.’
      • ‘His eyes carried a strange intensity, as if he were weighing his words and the impact they would have on her.’
      • ‘‘When you have never had a special needs child before… ‘she pauses and weighs her words ‘… it is a discovery.’
      • ‘We agree that the country is at war and that we all must weigh our words accordingly.’
      • ‘Carmel always brought intelligence and a sense of reality to her contributions at local authority level, weighing her words with care and consideration.’
      • ‘Kyle remained quiet for a moment, weighing his words.’
      • ‘Presumably he weighed his words carefully, and meant to convey a threat.’
      • ‘She stared intently at Jude, weighing his words in her mind.’
      • ‘She paused, weighing her words before speaking them.’
      • ‘She stared at him, her own discretion fleeting from her as she carefully weighed her words before speaking.’
      • ‘Denny stared at him, weighing his words, and finally nodded.’
      • ‘‘If they're not yours,’ he seemed to be weighing his words, ‘Where did you find them?’’
      • ‘He's taking his time, weighing his words and squeezing them out in measured drops.’
      • ‘I think one should weigh one's words carefully.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • weigh someone down

    • 1Be heavy and cumbersome to someone.

      ‘my waders and fishing gear weighed me down’
      • ‘Ships fill their empty oil tanks with water to weigh them down and maintain balance at sea, then dump the water before arriving at port to fill up with petroleum.’
      • ‘He tried to whistle to her, but his clothes were beginning to weigh him down, and his mouth filled with water.’
      • ‘My arms felt like heavy clubs, weighing me down.’
      • ‘‘I am a pretty fast runner but he was very nifty and I was weighed down by my work overalls and heavy boots,’ he said.’
      • ‘Their many layers of clothing and heavy sleds weighed them down as they attempted to scale the hill.’
      • ‘I think that my guards could see that those heavier ones just weighed me down.’
      • ‘Sand filled her boots and her hair, weighing her down.’
      • ‘Despite the heavy clothing that was weighing me down, I felt light, as though a stone had been lifted off my heart.’
      • ‘She felt heavy, like her body was weighed down with rocks.’
      • ‘The warrior had had a head start, but Norwood wasn't weighed down by any heavy, clanking armour.’
      • ‘It wasn't easy, for her clothing and ice-skates became very heavy when wet and they weighed her down.’
      • ‘The silence was so heavy I could feel it weighing me down.’
      • ‘I unfolded my maps, and to keep them from being blown away in the wind, I weighed them down with ski poles and stuff bags of gear.’
      • ‘The water was deep - neck high on me - and I was weighed down with all this extra gear.’
      • ‘Just place a clean, heavy skillet on top of your sandwiches to press and weigh them down as they grill.’
      • ‘It was made out of heavy material, like an anchor weighing him down.’
      • ‘He raised his arms, feeling like they were weighed down and filled with tons of lead.’
      • ‘My clothes and pack had already become heavy and were weighing me down.’
      burden, weight, saddle, charge
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      1. 1.1Be oppressive or burdensome to someone.
        ‘she was weighed down by the responsibility of looking after her sisters’
        • ‘We could rent here, probably for the cost of what a mortgage would be but without the property taxes and utilities weighing us down.’
        • ‘I felt as if a huge burden weighing me down had suddenly loosened.’
        • ‘Liv tilted her head to the side as if the weight of thinking about all that she was obsessed with was weighing her down.’
        • ‘We were starting our careers; we had student loans weighing us down.’
        • ‘we laughed a little, but there was something heavy weighing us down.’
        • ‘Every day offers a blank slate, free of the stresses and frustrations that have been weighing us down.’
        • ‘I don't want to weigh him down with personal worries that probably won't amount to much anyways.’
        • ‘I just remained out of his sight, with the burden of worry weighing me down.’
        • ‘My family added burdens and problems to my shoulders, and weighed me down with their dysfunction - but there was something about leaving them that seemed not entirely right.’
        • ‘She looked into his face, and guilt and self-reproach dissolved, along with the memory of another face, other eyes, ones that haunted and weighed her down with unresolvable pain.’
        • ‘Whatever you do, try your best to keep a big perspective. Don't let the worries and concerns of the day dominate your thoughts or weigh you down.’
        • ‘It was obvious that something was bothering her, weighing her down, and it was impossible for Amy's nature to ignore.’
        • ‘Janine, I didn't come here to weigh you down, I never wanted to be a burden.’
        • ‘The unhappiness he is carrying weighs him down entirely.’
        • ‘I miss her so much and the guilt of failure weighs me down like lead boots.’
        • ‘The citizens of the devolved parts of the U.K. have not been weighed down with an impossible burden of taxation.’
        • ‘Obviously whatever decision she's reached has helped relieve the burden that's been weighing her down.’
        • ‘For a while, the long, continuous burdens of your life weigh you down so much you can't see a future.’
        • ‘Looking at Dorrie alone in her sitting-room, you wonder how someone so slender and gentle has carried the burdens life has weighed her down with.’
        • ‘Questions must be asked whether the poverty that now weighs us down can always be blamed on other people.’
        oppress, depress, lie heavy on, weigh on, press down on, burden, be a burden on, be a burden to, cast down, hang over, gnaw at, prey on, prey on someone's mind
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  • weigh in

    • 1(of a boxer or jockey) be officially weighed before or after a contest.

      ‘Mason weighed in at 17st 10 lb’
      • ‘After the picture, I weighed in and headed for the jockey's room to change for Mulch Gulch's race.’
      • ‘FEBRUARY 20 The day before the contest, Prince weighs in at 276 pounds - his heaviest contest weight ever.’
      • ‘I hopped off, weighed in and headed back to the jockeys' room for the next race.’
      • ‘I've got my own scales, that read the same as those at the Centre, so I'll be weighing in at the same time each week until then.’
      • ‘He weighs in at 280 lb… and has a distinct weight advantage over other X Division wrestlers.’
      • ‘The Sun Bear or Malay Bear is one of the smallest bears in the world, but even so, still weighs in between 30 to 50 kg and can be up to 1 1/2 metres in length.’
      • ‘No objection was lodged before the jockeys weighed in.’
      • ‘Tann weighed in for the bout at 230 pounds while Gavern tipped the scales at 223 pounds.’
      • ‘For example, I only weigh about 200 lb when I weigh in with my clothes on.’
    • 2Make a forceful contribution to a competition or argument.

      ‘the dispute turned nastier when Steward weighed in’
      ‘the paper's editor weighed in with criticism of the president’
      • ‘When the National Academy of Sciences weighs in on a matter, you're not talking fringe wackos, but the best and the brightest of mainstream scientific thought.’
      • ‘Edwards weighs in against gay marriages and school vouchers, in favor of affirmative action and against caps on jury awards in medical malpractice cases.’
      • ‘Politicians and officials weighed in to say the government should act.’
      • ‘The Daily Press of Newport News, Va., weighs in with some 8,000 words, while The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, among others, is a comparatively pithy 500 words.’
      • ‘Gary weighs in with the position that ‘intellectual propaganda means nothing.’’
      • ‘And The Wall Street Journal weighs in, too.’
      • ‘In your capacity as an elections official, I appeal to you to weigh in on the side of democratic principles.’
      • ‘And Dave in Florida weighs in with this, ‘I only wish I could change my plans due to gas prices.’’
      • ‘The Washington Post, official voice of the Democratic Party, weighs in on Social Security, in an article titled ‘Poorest Face Most Risk on Social Security’.’
      • ‘Now based in Washington, D.C., the group frequently weighs in on issues related to the environment, energy, and biotechnology.’
      • ‘UNDP officials have argued that it isn't their role to weigh in on the merits of geopolitical claims.’
  • weigh in at

    • 1Be of (a specified weight)

      ‘I had been putting on weight until I weighed in at 12 stone 3 pounds’
      • ‘Remember that the Elise remains one of the few genuinely lightweight cars on the market, weighing in at around 750 kg.’
      • ‘Hartson, who weighs in at 14 st 6lb, said monitoring his weight involved not having ‘six or seven pints’ if O'Neill granted his players a few days off, but ‘a bottle of wine’ instead.’
      • ‘Considering that the car weighs in at some 1,600 kg, these are impressive numbers.’
      • ‘The machine weighs in at 56 000 pounds.’
      • ‘The average fish over the two days weighed in at a staggering average weight of 2lb 12 oz.’
      • ‘After the boys were delivered during that operation - weighing in at about 3lb each, a much better weight than expected - it was three days before Vanessa was well enough to be able to visit them.’
      • ‘The camera weighs in at about 800g.’
      • ‘After the arduous task of laying an egg weighing in at 20 per cent of her body weight the female takes a break - heading off to build up her reserves.’
      • ‘The modern discus weighs in at just 5 pounds, one-third of the original weight.’
      • ‘The 240R does come fully loaded and weighs in at 930Kg.’
      1. 1.1Cost (a specified amount)
        ‘the car weighs in at £10,270’
        • ‘Exclusivity costs though, with the Clio V6 weighing in at £27,000.’
        • ‘Childcare costs in Britain are higher than anywhere else in Europe, with the average cost of a private day nursery weighing in at over £580 a month.’
        • ‘The system used weighs in at a total cost of a whopping E287,384.’
        • ‘The cardboard box it comes in and the delivery costs weigh in at more than the chip itself.’
        • ‘The total cost of that first UGM weighed in at nearly $9,500, though that did include a surround sound receiver.’
        • ‘Childcare costs in Britain are the highest in Europe, with the average annual cost of a private day nursery weighing in at around £7,000.’
        • ‘At the top of the tree is the Cupra R, which weighs in at €37,600.’
        • ‘The jackpot, which already looked healthy before now, is £100 heavier and weighs in at £2,300.’
        • ‘The total cost of disease eradication to the taxpayers weighs in at 216m.’
        • ‘Added to the line-up in the autumn will be a new entry level model in the shape of a 1.4-litre petrol which weighs in at £14,175.’
        • ‘North Sea cod roe and chips weigh in at 140 baht, whilst a red salmon sandwich costs a very reasonable 50 baht.’
  • weigh into

    • 1Join in forcefully or enthusiastically.

      ‘they weighed into the election campaign’
      • ‘The Archbishop of Canterbury weighs into the discussion in the Telegraph.’
      • ‘A coroner weighed into the national controversy over speed cameras when he suggested that one may have caused a fatal accident by distracting the driver.’
      • ‘A veteran political journalist also weighs into the debate.’
      • ‘Roger Simon, a former leftist, weighs into the debate.’
      • ‘Also weighing into the debate is the Australian drug industry.’
      • ‘Some of Australia's most powerful companies, including Qantas and the Commonwealth Bank, have weighed into the political debate about the environment.’
      • ‘The Federal Environment Minister has weighed into a bitter environmental dispute in Queensland, where tourists are deliberately defying a State Government ban on feeding wild dolphins.’
      • ‘Meg Lees, she who caved in over the GST, jumped ship (admittedly it was sinking) now weighs into the FTA debate supporting Labor but saying the amendments don't go far enough.’
      • ‘Yesterday, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, weighed into the debate.’
      • ‘A government Minister has weighed into the controversy over alleged breaches of foot and mouth rules at a North Yorkshire grouse shoot.’
      • ‘Religious leaders also weighed into the debate.’
      • ‘The Prime Minister has weighed into the argument, saying she wants to make it clear her party is inherently opposed to capital punishment.’
      1. 1.1Attack physically or verbally.
        ‘he weighed into the companies for their high costs’
        • ‘Livingstone, 59, has weighed into the row.’
        • ‘Soldiers and police, armed with assault rifles, shields and sticks, rushed forward and weighed into the melee.’
        • ‘Federal MP Anthony couldn't resist weighing into the debate.’
        • ‘NZ Herald columnist Gordon McLauchlan has weighed into Holmes three times in the past year.’
        • ‘The comments came as the White House weighed into the latest controversy for the first time, describing the two IRA statements, released within 24 hours of each other, as ‘unwelcome’.’
        attack, turn on, lash out at, set upon, assault, fly at, lunge at, let fly at, tear into, pitch into, belabour
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  • weigh on

    • Be depressing or burdensome to.

      ‘his unhappiness would weigh on my mind so much’
      • ‘It is no longer just the economic losses suffered by the finance, entertainment and tourist industries in Queensland that should be weighing on the Premier's mind.’
      • ‘With many factors weighing on the minds of these graduates, many roads can be taken to begin employment.’
      • ‘Investors worry that high oil prices, which helped boost the trade deficit by 12%, will weigh on the economy and depress stock prices.’
      • ‘Those questions weigh on the general's mind.’
      • ‘I was getting ready for that important meeting that was weighing on my mind but it no longer mattered.’
      • ‘Rising oil prices and interest rates, coupled with US stock markets being at their lowest level for nine months, are believed to be the major concerns weighing on consumers' minds.’
      • ‘Despite the burden that weighed on his mind, the swordsman never felt happier in his life.’
      • ‘It would be nice if the security situation was more under control than it is, and this weighs on investors' minds.’
      • ‘The immediate prospect of financial cutbacks weighs on his mind.’
      • ‘The Middle East has been weighing on my mind lately.’
      • ‘Since I know something is weighing on your mind anyway, you might as well tell me what it is.’
      • ‘Terrorism really is a huge problem, whether it's weighing on our minds on a particular day or not.’
      • ‘People don't forget information like that, and it weighs on their minds.’
      • ‘I know what he did was wrong, but this has been weighing on his mind for a long time.’
      • ‘That depressing trend no doubt weighed on the minds of the delegates who gathered this week in Boston for the Democratic National Convention.’
      • ‘One of the things that has been weighing on my mind is the reorganization we are going through at work.’
      • ‘Does the danger of a road accident weigh on the mind of cyclists?’
      • ‘Yeah, there has been something weighing on my mind over the past month.’
      • ‘If it's really weighing on your mind then apologize.’
      • ‘What are the issues that are weighing on their minds?’
      oppress, lie heavy on, press down on, burden, be a burden on, be a burden to, weigh down, cast down, hang over, gnaw at, prey on, prey on someone's mind
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  • weigh out

    • (of a jockey) be weighed before a race.

      • ‘If the new rules are passed, a jockey will be paid only when he is officially weighed out, and he will not be paid if he elects not to ride.’
      • ‘Jockeys started to weigh out in kilograms instead of stones and pounds.’
      • ‘They must not weigh in at more than a pound less than they weighed out.’
      • ‘The original concept is to have your clients weigh in the week before Thanksgiving and then weigh out during the first week of January.’
      • ‘Jockeys weigh out with the clerk of scales in order to earn their mount fees.’
      • ‘Amazingly, Carberry nearly missed the ride after weighing out with only a minute and a half to spare.’
  • weigh someone/something up

    • Carefully assess someone or something.

      ‘the coach weighed up his team's opponents’
      • ‘I'm still very much weighing things up at the moment, but I think I might vote Lib Dem again because they opposed the war.’
      • ‘Let's look at the benefits, and let's look at the costs and let's weigh them up.’
      • ‘Last week Mr Justice Headley had to tackle these difficult questions and to weigh them up alongside testimony that was often contrary.’
      • ‘There were pros and cons and I reckoned I'd need a day or two to weigh them up and make a decision.’
      • ‘I didn't stop to weigh things up, but phoned for an ambulance and described the scene.’
      • ‘United Future has weighed this issue up carefully.’
      • ‘I weighed these options up in my mind.’
      • ‘For twenty minutes Tom stood there weighing things up in his mind.’
      • ‘We are constantly urged to weigh things up, to ponder, to reflect.’
      • ‘When they assess you and weigh you up, all that type of stuff, just remember, it's very inaccurate.’
      • ‘Arthur weighs everything up very carefully before offering a considered opinion.’
      • ‘Every activity can be weighed up and deliberated over according to the level of risk that it carries, and what could be gained by doing it.’


Old English wegan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wegen ‘weigh’, German bewegen ‘move’, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin vehere ‘convey’. Early senses included ‘transport from one place to another’ and ‘raise up’.




Main definitions of weigh in English

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in phrase under weigh
  • another way of saying under way
    • ‘After we had been under weigh for some 20 minutes, we should have reached our destination in just that time.’
    • ‘At 9 A. M., three of their brigs got under weigh, and stood down the bay, supposed to be on the look out.’
    • ‘Got under weigh and stood down the harbour but unfortunately the water being low the vessel got aground.’
    • ‘My last letter closed at the commencement of our voyage, since which we have been constantly under weigh, with the exception of short interruptions on the coast of Norfolk, in Yarmouth roads.’
    • ‘He could see Captain Mason supervising his crew, and once under weigh, saw him wave and salute.’
    • ‘Don't be alarmed, ma'am; as soon as we're under weigh we'll hoist the cow up, and get the piano down.’
    • ‘A ship is under weigh when she has weighed her anchor… As soon as she gathers way she is under way.’
    • ‘His presence was by no means necessary in getting the ship under weigh, and steering her well out to sea.’
    • ‘The plan did not get under weigh for almost two years after the end of fighting.’
    • ‘At 10 a.m. got under weigh and turned out of Port Chalky At 4 p.m. came to an anchor in Preservation Bay.’


Late 18th century: from an erroneous association with weigh anchor (see anchor).