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weigh heavily with (one)

To be an important or influential factor for one, especially when faced with making a decision. This is an issue that weighs heavily with my constituents, so I am making it a priority during my time in Congress. Being close enough to visit my family during breaks weighed heavily with me when I was choosing which college to attend.
See also: heavily, weigh


Characterized by excessive spending and government expansion funded by excessive taxation. Used before a noun. The average working class citizen is sick of the tax-and-spend policies of this administration. The candidate is running her campaign as an attack against a tax-and-spend government that she claims is suffocating the country.


spending freely and taxing heavily. (Referring to a legislative body that repeatedly passes expensive new laws and keeps raising taxes to pay for the cost. Fixed order.) I hope that people do not elect another tax-and-spend Congress this time. The only thing worse than a tax-and-spend legislature is one that spends and runs up a worsening deficit.
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5 times greater for children living near heavily trafficked roads during their neonatal period.
Kabul : Scores of heavily armed Taleban militants killed 13 Afghan soldiers in fierce clashes yesterday after storming an army post in the east of the country near the Pakistan border, police said.
Libyan state revenues for this year will depend heavily on oil revenues," a senior official said.
Telecom Egypt, also heavily traded and heavily weighted in the main indexes, slipped 7.
For the study, researchers recruited 4,719 Australian women and found almost an 80 percent higher risk for those who drank heavily in the first third of pregnancy, then stopped.
2 : in a slow and difficult way <He's breathing heavily.
But when the 28 participants who drank the most heavily (four or more drinks per day for men and three or more drinks per day for women) were eliminated, ST-BI showed a significant effect on smoking abstinence in the heavy drinkers.
The new study suggests that limiting breast-feeding might ameliorate some of the effect that PCBs have on immunity, but Grandjean stresses that it's not wise to discourage breast-feeding, even in such a heavily PCB-exposed population as the Faroese.
While compelling, this volume may not have a wide appeal to teens due to the complexity of the subject matter, and some heavily sensual scenes may keep it out of some collections.
Weeks later the heavily insured thoroughbred suffered a major injury at the Preakness.
The FDA's advisory committees are heavily populated by scientists who have financial ties to food or drug companies.
Aside from the opening screens for each school, which include color photographs, the pages are heavily text-oriented, with token graphics that are not directly related to the content.
For example, after telling us that Marie Antoinette spent about $500,000 a year on her clothing, she describes one of the outfits, which had a "heavily boned bodice, layered lace sleeves, a heavily trimmed skirt worn over a vast hoop, and a long train.
Now, however, investigators have documented a significant skewing of the human sex ratio in a population located in a heavily polluted Great Lakes area [EHP 113:1295-1298].