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weigh someone down
Fig. [for a thought] to worry or depress someone. All these problems really weigh me down. Financial problems have been weighing down our entire family.
weigh someone or something down
to burden someone or something. The heavy burden weighed the poor donkey down. The load of bricks weighed down the truck.
weigh somebody downalso weigh down somebody
1. to be very heavy for someone to carry She checked her bags because she knew they would weigh her down. The number of keys he carried would have weighed down a band of sturdy men.
2. to make someone feel tired and weak He was weighed down by worries about money. Old, sad memories weighed her down.
weigh down somethingalso weigh something down
to slow the operation or growth of an organization The company was weighed down with debt. Health-care costs weigh the economy down.
Burden, oppress, as in Their problems have weighed them down. This expression transfers bowing under a physical weight to emotional burdens. [c. 1600]
1. To hold or bend something down by applying weight: I weighed the trail map down on the ground with stones. The vines were weighed down by their heavy grapes.
2. To burden or oppress someone or something: Heavy backpacks weighed down the hikers. The responsibilities of the new job weighed me down.