Feather weight

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Feather weight etc. See under Dead Feather, etc.
    • Feather weight (Racing) Scrupulously exact weight, so that a feather would turn the scale, when a jockey is weighed or weighted.
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Usage

In literature:

A mule's no feather-weight, let me tell yer.
"Derrick Sterling" by Kirk Monroe
It was the feather's weight that tipped the beam of life the right way.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
Think you Bertha's fortune could have one feather's weight in deciding my choice?
"Fairy Fingers" by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
You carried me like a feather's weight, and yet I am tall and very heavy.
"Lippincott's Magazine, December 1878" by Various
I felt like a feather-weight who'd faced a knock-out.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
I had the burden in my arms, I say, and no feather's weight was less to me in the hope of my salvation and of those we strove for.
"The House Under the Sea" by Sir Max Pemberton
They were all for Kate, without a feather's weight to spare.
"The Wings of the Dove, Volume II" by Henry James
These are feather-weights; they want ballast.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
Fausch's work was like the heavy downward blow of a weight, Cain's like the swift flight of a feather.
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various
He caught the woman up as though she had been no more than a feather's weight.
"A Guest at the Ludlow and Other Stories" by Edgar Wilson (Bill) Nye
Why I'm a feather's weight to Flo, and I'm one of the best tobogganers at Oak Knowe.
"Dorothy at Oak Knowe" by Evelyn Raymond
Ostrich feathers are always sold by weight.
"Ten Years' Captivity in the Mahdi's Camp 1882-1892" by F. R. Wingate
Which of the feathered tribe can lift the heaviest weights?
"The Handbook of Conundrums" by Edith B. Ordway
One firm in Port Elizabeth often buys 10,000 pounds' weight of ostrich feathers per week.
"The Young Colonists" by G.A. Henty
In the tempest of battle your weight, Mister Henry, would be but as a feather in the gale.
"Horse-Shoe Robinson" by John Pendleton Kennedy
She was a feather weight.
"There is no Death" by Florence Marryatt
The birds themselves seemed about the size of old ones without the full feathering, strong muscle and weight.
"Bird-Lore March-April 1916" by Various
She is but a feather-weight.
"Juggernaut" by George Cary Eggleston
I've a feather-weight appetite.
"The Iron Boys on the Ore Boats" by James R. Mears
Not worth the weight of a feather.
"The Great Commission" by C. H. (Charles Henry) Mackintosh
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In poetry:

As through the throng on either hand
The old horse nears the judges' stand,
Beneath his jockey's feather-weight
He warms a little to his gait,
And now and then a step is tried
That hints of something like a stride.
"How The Old Horse Won The Bet" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Writer, wildlife photographer, hunter, and naturalist Ron Spomer tests Brite -Strike's APALS, an innovative feather weight, self-adhesive, multi-purpose light.
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