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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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Others in that congregation may not have felt the dead weight of that word, but I knew my father would, and so would the other generals.
Far Scotia is a platform supply vessel (PSV) of UT 755 design and has a capacity of 3,000 dead weight tonnes (dwt).
Ms McAllister, who had known Burke for a year, said in a statement read to the court: "We were making love when he started making a horrible gurgling noise and fell like a dead weight on top of me.
Come on San Fernando Valley, let's loose the dead weight of downtown.
The organization has over 240 members, whose combined fleet comprises more than 2,160 tankers totalling over 160 million dead weight tons ("dwt") - 70% of the world's independent tanker fleet above 10,000 dwt.
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It will have a capacity of 56,150 dead weight tonnes (dwt).
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She is only a frail young thing and I was a dead weight but she succeeded in pulling me to the bank.
Tenders are invited for Supply Erection And Commissioning Of 1 Set Of Hydraulic Dead Weight Tester
3 metres and a capacity of 5,000 dead weight tonnes (dwt).
The "Cape May" is an 875-foot long cargo carrier of 39,000 dead weight tons and contains 23 ballast tanks with a combined capacity to carry 25,547 metric tons of ballast water.
In addition, the company will also receive a vessel with a capacity of 20,000 dead weight tonnes (dwt) in the autumn of 2010.