throw (one's) weight behind (someone or something)

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throw (one's) weight behind (someone or something)

To wield one's influence or power to support or promote someone or something. The small-town candidate is hoping the senator throws his weight behind him in the race. If we can get a corporation to throw its weight behind our charity campaign, we can raise even more money.
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throw your weight behind something

COMMON If you throw your weight behind a person or plan, you do everything you can to support them. The U.S. government is promising now to throw its weight behind the peace negotiations. Northern Ireland's three newly elected MEPs have all thrown their weight behind the campaign. Western governments have thrown their weight behind the leader.

throw your weight behind someone

use your influence to help support someone. informal
2000 South African Times U.K. Tony Blair and…Bill Clinton have thrown their weight behind a South African-engineered ‘Marshall Plan’ to rescue the developing world from deepening poverty.
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The time for silly arguments about the decriminalisation of prostitution is long past, the Treatment Action Campaign said, as it threw its weight behind a proposal to legitimise sex workers as a way to fight HIV and AIDS.
The Chatsworth Historical Society threw its weight behind The Munch Box.
Only days after hip-hop band Public Enemy threw its weight behind the new audio compression technology (CI No 3,575), Australian internet service provider OzEmail Ltd has adopted Global Media Online (GMO)'s controversial "MP4" format for its online music channel, CMM.
With FireWire, or IEEE 1394, becoming a popular open standard for high speed data transfer, there will be an increasing number of peripherals developed which use the interface--especially since Microsoft recently threw its weight behind the standard," said Kevin Knox, research director at GartnerGroup.