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’
    • ‘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
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1 Be 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
      View synonyms