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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Gold insists the club will not enter talks with Allardyce about extending his contract until the team are safe from relegation, but he did throw his weight behind the former Newcastle United manager last night with a tweet of his own, which read: "Always interesting to see the different opinions from people on twitter.
GORDON Brown will today throw his weight behind calls for the voting age to be lowered to 16.
Clarke's team hope Sir Malcolm will back his former Cabinet colleague, who is also from the 'one nation' tradition of Conservatism, but there is speculation at Westminster that he is planning to throw his weight behind David Cameron.
PRINCE Charles last night vowed to throw his weight behind the battle to save the Gaelic language.
Now his friend, former minister Mr Byers, will throw his weight behind the Darlington MP in a pre-recorded interview to be broadcast on GMTV's The Sunday Programme to be broadcast this weekend.
North of the border he intends to throw his weight behind Scottish Socialist candidates.