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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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A member of an old Venetian family of glass artists, he is generally credited with the manufacture of the first glass paperweight in 1845.
It is thought a glass paperweight in an upstairs conservatory had set a pile of books alight.
The patch of turf from which Gavin Henson kicked the winning penalty against England in this year's Six Nations tournament has been turned into hundreds of paperweights.
Yet Paperweight can run in the same race because his December 14 rating, the last one that was published, was 55, even though he's since won twice and is now rated 70.
Items include a crystal bowl, biscuit jar, tray, and a golf club paperweight with the Boy Scout emblem engraved on each piece.
PAPERWEIGHT collector Matthew Williams has ditched his hobby.
John Lewis has a good collection including the Spaceform Forever paperweight pounds 35, and a Rosenthal Crystal Heart paperweight pounds 22.
A handsome Wedgwood paperweight which was one of a number of high-class gifts presented to some of the first class passengers travelling on Concorde.
The one paperweight I'm looking for is a scene of Coventry in colour.
PAPERWEIGHT, so often thereabouts in her 17 previous races, finally broke her duck when taking the extended nine-furlong maiden in the hands of Jason Tate.
The eight and nine-year-olds took handcuffs, strong tape, a heavy crystal paperweight and a knife to school, officials said.