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put weight on

1. To put pressure on some lower appendage (toe, foot, ankle, leg). Used especially in reference to an injury. You really shouldn't put weight on your foot so soon after surgery. Try standing on your ankle. If you can put weight on it, then it isn't broken.
2. To become heavier by gaining muscle mass or fat tissue. I keep putting weight on, even though I've been cutting back on the junk food. I've been doing weight training and using protein powder to try to put some more weight on.
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put weight on

Fig. to gain weight; to grow fat. The doctor says I need to put some weight on. I have to go on a diet because I've been putting on a little weight lately.
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put weight on some part of the body

to subject an injured body part, as a foot or knee, to the weight of standing, to test its strength. My doctor told me I can put weight on my broken leg next week.
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