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paperweight

humorous Any object that is no longer used and simply sits in place. An actual paperweight is a usually decorative object or novelty item intended to be placed on top of papers on a desk to keep them in place with its weight (so they do not blow off the desk, etc.). I bought that book expecting to read it throughout the summer, but it was so boring that I put it down almost immediately. Now it's just a 600-page paperweight. Ryan begged and pleaded for me to buy him the latest video game console for Christmas, but it's just been an expensive paperweight for the last few months.

paperweight

n. a serious student; a hardworking student. What a jerk! Nothing but a paperweight.
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For further discussion of the issue, let us come to the original question, the relation between the paperweight on my table and myself.