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weigh down

1. To burden or immobilize something by attaching additional weight or placing it on top. A noun or pronoun can be used between "weigh" and "down." You should weigh down those papers with a paperweight so they don't fly out the window. Your car definitely won't get good gas mileage if you have all that heavy equipment in the trunk weighing it down.
2. By extension, to be a burden or impediment to. A noun or pronoun can be used between "weigh" and "down." It feels good to finally get that off my chest. I've felt like I've been weighed down by guilt all these years. All the extra orders have been weighing us down a bit, but hopefully we'll be able to get back to normal operations after the holidays.
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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.
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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.
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weigh down

Burden, oppress, as in Their problems have weighed them down. This expression transfers bowing under a physical weight to emotional burdens. [c. 1600]
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weigh down

v.
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.
See also: down, weigh
References in classic literature ?
Fanny watched him with never-failing solicitude, and sometimes catching his eye, revived an affectionate smile, which comforted her; but the first day's journey passed without her hearing a word from him on the subjects that were weighing him down.
The complexities of life were weighing him down a good deal.
It was like a builder's bag with a big strap and it was weighing him down.
Expectation is not weighing him down, just his own bag after preparing by having rounds of golf with dad John to tune up.
On a bench a woman is lost in the pages of her booK Yet a man sits head in hands, Troubled thoughts weighing him down.
The defending world champion has a couple of them slung around him, weighing him down.
Rumours have been rife about the Spain international's happiness under the new regime at Anfield but Hodgson thinks other matters have been weighing him down.
Skipper Stephen Jones has recovered from an eye injury to lead Wales against England despite fears the armband is weighing him down.
Fate-crossed King Agamemnon broods on the beach at Aulis, an awful choice weighing him down.
EASTENDERS: It's a race against time when Steve (right) tries to flee the Square and a murderous Phil, but Mel, Lisa, Mark, Louise and a smitten Sam are weighing him down.
Nadal is favourite to claim the title again this year, but is adamant the expectation is not weighing him down.
Nadal is favourite to claim the title again this year, but is adamant the burden of expectation is not weighing him down.
The way to a man's heart is through his stomach and Audrey's tactic of weighing him down with chicken Kievs and Black Forest gateau until he doesn't have the strength to walk home, seems to be paying off.