weigh down

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v weigh down exert a force with a heavy weight "The snow bore down on the roof"
    • v weigh down be oppressive or disheartening to
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Weigh down to depress: (Shak.) to preponderate over;
    • Weigh down to depress:
    • Weigh down (Shak.) to preponderate over
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Quotations

  • Jean Racine
    Jean Racine
    “Now my innocence begins to weigh me down.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “O sleep, O gentle sleep, nature's soft nurse, how have I frightened thee, that thou no more wilt weigh my eye-lids down and steep my senses in forgetfulness?”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wegan, to carry; Ger. wiegen; L. vehĕre, to carry.

Usage

In literature:

Sleep was far from weighing down her eyelids.
"Madge Morton, Captain of the Merry Maid" by Amy D. V. Chalmers
When he had finished he selected a piece of meat weighing a hundred pounds, and started to drag it down to the tent.
"The Turtles of Tasman" by Jack London
Her face drooped as if it were weighed down by its own blushes, and the long lashes quivered upon the hot cheeks.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, October, 1877, Vol. XX. No. 118" by Various
The coverlet was of a fine-woven red-silk cloth, weighed down by a border of gold and silver threads.
"The Gay Cockade" by Temple Bailey
Now the Irish vote of sixty was a solid asset, capable in many cases of weighing down one side of the political scale.
"The Reminiscences of an Irish Land Agent" by S.M. Hussey
Her father's crimes Sit heavy on her, and weigh down her prayers.
"The Works of John Dryden, Vol. 6 (of 18)" by John Dryden
The temptation to John Smith was a strong one, and he walked up and down weighing the matter.
"The Princess Pocahontas" by Virginia Watson
Best of all, when the weather is hot and wet, To have no top-knot weighing down on one's head!
"More Translations from the Chinese" by Various
What the sky was to the giant, such are the cares of earth to those who let themselves be weighed down by them.
"Myths That Every Child Should Know" by Various
It weighs me down to the earth.
"Eveline Mandeville" by Alvin Addison
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In poetry:

Therein a fetter
Shall shackle and bind me,
Shall weigh down my shouting
With their delicate perfume!"
"March" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
Our hero now two wives had gain'd;
And two important points obtain'd.
For wealth and beauty, Flora sings,
Will weigh down half a score good things.
"The Wager" by William Hutton
"Wake up! O sadden'd mortal, wake!
Shake off that anxious, careworn frown,
Thy hopes renew, fresh courage take,
Nor let your troubles weigh you down.
"To A Canary" by Thomas Frederick Young
The rose had been washed, just washed in a shower
Which Mary to Anna conveyed;
The plentiful moisture encumbered the flower,
And weighed down its beautiful head.
"The Rose" by William Cowper
What trouble weighs thee down, what sorrow sore
Lies heavy on thy yet so youthful breast?
Sure fortune yet holds wide for thee her door;
Sure fame and joy yet wait thy earnest quest.
"The Teacher" by Thomas Frederick Young
Sleep on, sweet bird! I go to court the same:
How sweet the hour to meditation giv'n!
Now sleep's soft dews weigh down my weary frame;
Then peace, my woes! and leave the rest to heav'n.
"Time: An Elegy. Written Near The Ruins Of Elgin Cathedral" by Robert Alves

In news:

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York weighed down by pension liabilities.
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You know, if you're weighed down by worry, you find a distraction.
Stocks weighed down by Europe .
Don't let business trips weigh you down.
Don't Let Luggage Weigh You Down.
Lambeau losing streak weighs down Lions.
Unless the bike is rusty and and weighed down with blocks of concrete.
Santa Ana officials have weighed the virtues of BMWs against public health—and come down firmly on the side of German luxury automobiles.
These easy tricks will keep you feeling satisfied without weighing you down.
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