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dead weight

1. The weight of someone who is sleeping, unconscious, or intentionally limp, making them more difficult to move or carry than they would be otherwise. Jamie struggled with the dead weight of her sleeping 10-year-old son when she tried to carry him to bed.
2. A burden that holds someone or something else back or prevents progress; someone or something that when handled or associated with conveys only difficulty and not benefit. You've been dead weight this entire road trip. You've just sat there without driving or paying for gas or anything! All those empty containers are dead weight. We're going to have to jettison them if we want to have enough fuel to make it back.
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dead weight

A heavy or oppressive burden, as in That police record will be a dead weight on his career. This term alludes to the unrelieved weight of an inert mass. [Early 1700s]
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a dead weight

A dead weight is something that makes change or progress extremely difficult. We must reduce the dead weight of bureaucracy. The company is already struggling under the dead weight of $14 billion debt.
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The dead weight price discounting of any animal under four years old should therefore cease immediately.
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4 feet) in length and displace 49,000 dead weight tons.
He said the company already placed order for two tankers from Jiangsu Eastern Shipyard for crude oil transport with a 85,000 long ton dead weight capacity valued at US$ 61.
So time to get rid of your own dead weight - this man who is constantly putting you down and who is much too quick with his hands.
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During earlier, smaller-scale deployments, like those to the Balkans, units could play a personnel shell game, moving dead weight soldiers around and replacing them with good ones.
It's not fair to the bullpen for me to sit out there as a dead weight,'' Fetters said.
While partnering is not a matter of lifting dead weight but of learning to coordinate with the trajectory of jumps, their placement, and thrust, the man must still expend the greater part of his strength in gently and securely placing his partner on the floor.
During the collaborative process they learned they had both been overweight as children, which, perhaps, accounts for all the references to dead weight and weight scales that tug at these drawings.
The Children's Rights Alliance's Jillian van Turnhout added: "This Budget will prove itself to be a dead weight that will drag more and more families into darkness and despair, depriving our country of a brighter future that we so desperately need.
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Under the contract valued at US$ 122 million, Jiangsu will build Aframax type tankers with a capacity of 85,000 dead weight tons (DWT) each.
To be sure, some sectors of the federal work force are rife with inefficiency and dead weight.