Feather-weight

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Feather-weight the lightest weight that may be carried by a racing-horse: a boxer, wrestler, &c., of a class below the light-weights—hence one of small importance or ability
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. feðer; Ger. feder; L. penna, Gr. pteron.

Usage

In literature:

Whoever heard of feathering a hundred-ton weight?
"Biltmore Oswald" by J. Thorne Smith, Jr.
Whoever heard of a "mob of jockeys," a glut of "light-weights," or even a handful of "feathers?
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
It is one which the addition of a feather-weight to either scale will at once and completely upset.
"Essays in Liberalism" by Various
But I do not wish to add so much as a feather's weight to your difficulties.
"The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow" by Anna Katharine Green
You are a feather-weight.
"The Tin Soldier" by Temple Bailey
A prisoner's plea of not guilty has but a feather's weight against sworn evidence.
"A Jacobite Exile" by G. A. Henty
The weight of a feather would turn the scale one way or another.
"Madame Flirt" by Charles E. Pearce
Lead's a feather to them for weight.
"The Silent House" by Fergus Hume
It wouldn't take the weight of a hair to make me show the white feather.
"Dixie Hart" by Will N. Harben
It seemed as if a feather's weight on either side would turn the scale.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2, No. 2, August, 1862" by Various
So evenly was the lad balanced, that a feather-weight was enough to work a change.
"Syd Belton" by George Manville Fenn
Barbara, no more than a feather's weight, encircled Ellis's waist and they were off.
"The Lost Wagon" by James Arthur Kjelgaard
They lifted her like a feather-weight, and carried her into the house.
"Moonshine & Clover" by Laurence Housman
How does this bloodless or full-blooded condition affect the weight of the feather; of the plumage; of the bird?
"A Guide for the Study of Animals" by Worrallo Whitney
Without a single word, my companion took me up under one arm as if I had been a feather's weight, and carried me safely over.
"Vineta" by E. Werner
In another minute the hulking scoundrel is hoisted from his feet, as though but a feather's weight, and flung overboard.
"Gwen Wynn" by Mayne Reid
No light weight either, but to strength as his, only a feather.
"Gwen Wynn" by Mayne Reid
Up, up went the feather-weight spirits of Youth.
"The Boy with Wings" by Berta Ruck
The merest feather weight either way would turn the scale.
"The Ruby Sword" by Bertram Mitford
We are not called upon to add the weight of a feather to it.
"The Assembly of God" by C. (Charles) H. (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:

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