One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Carefully assess someone or something.‘the coach weighed up his team's opponents’
- ‘Let's look at the benefits, and let's look at the costs and let's weigh them up.’
- ‘For twenty minutes Tom stood there weighing things up in his mind.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I weighed these options up in my mind.’
- ‘When they assess you and weigh you up, all that type of stuff, just remember, it's very inaccurate.’
- ‘We are constantly urged to weigh things up, to ponder, to reflect.’
- ‘United Future has weighed this issue up carefully.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Last week Mr Justice Headley had to tackle these difficult questions and to weigh them up alongside testimony that was often contrary.’
- ‘Arthur weighs everything up very carefully before offering a considered opinion.’
- ‘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.’
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