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 Government body overseeing State-owned bank stakes yesterday threw their weight behind Lloyds Banking Group ahead of their annual meeting later this week.
THE family of a Durham woman killed by a driver using a mobile phone yesterday threw their weight behind a road safety campaign.
A host of celebrities threw their weight behind an urgent call to the Government yesterday urging them to plough more money into overseas aid for the world's poorest countries.
ROCKERS Franz Ferdinand yesterday threw their weight behind a drive to stamp out knife crime in Scotland.