Definition of weigh someone down in English:

weigh someone down

phrasal verb

  • 1Be heavy and cumbersome to someone.

    ‘my waders and fishing gear weighed me down’
    • ‘Just place a clean, heavy skillet on top of your sandwiches to press and weigh them down as they grill.’
    • ‘She felt heavy, like her body was weighed down with rocks.’
    • ‘Sand filled her boots and her hair, weighing her 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.’
    • ‘It was made out of heavy material, like an anchor weighing him 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.’
    • ‘He tried to whistle to her, but his clothes were beginning to weigh him down, and his mouth filled with water.’
    • ‘Despite the heavy clothing that was weighing me down, I felt light, as though a stone had been lifted off my heart.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My clothes and pack had already become heavy and were weighing me down.’
    • ‘My arms felt like heavy clubs, weighing me down.’
    • ‘The silence was so heavy I could feel it weighing me down.’
    • ‘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 water was deep - neck high on me - and I was weighed down with all this extra gear.’
    • ‘He raised his arms, feeling like they were weighed down and filled with tons of lead.’
    • ‘I think that my guards could see that those heavier ones just weighed me down.’
    burden, weight, saddle, charge
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    1. 1.1 Be oppressive or burdensome to someone.
      ‘she was weighed down by the responsibility of looking after her sisters’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Questions must be asked whether the poverty that now weighs us down can always be blamed on other people.’
      • ‘It was obvious that something was bothering her, weighing her down, and it was impossible for Amy's nature to ignore.’
      • ‘I felt as if a huge burden weighing me down had suddenly loosened.’
      • ‘we laughed a little, but there was something heavy weighing us down.’
      • ‘For a while, the long, continuous burdens of your life weigh you down so much you can't see a future.’
      • ‘Janine, I didn't come here to weigh you down, I never wanted to be a burden.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I don't want to weigh him down with personal worries that probably won't amount to much anyways.’
      • ‘We could rent here, probably for the cost of what a mortgage would be but without the property taxes and utilities weighing us down.’
      • ‘We were starting our careers; we had student loans weighing us down.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Every day offers a blank slate, free of the stresses and frustrations that have been weighing us down.’
      • ‘The unhappiness he is carrying weighs him down entirely.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I just remained out of his sight, with the burden of worry weighing me down.’
      • ‘I miss her so much and the guilt of failure weighs me down like lead boots.’
      • ‘Liv tilted her head to the side as if the weight of thinking about all that she was obsessed with was weighing her down.’
      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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