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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Magelo said meaningful development can only be realised if the residents throw their weight behind the governor.
Liverpool city council's cabinet member for transport, councillor Tim Moore, said: "It's great to see Everton Football Club continuing to throw their weight behind our 20 Effect campaign.
Teenage girls are being urged to throw their weight behind efforts to set up a new club just for them.
MOTORISTS in Coventry are being urged to throw their weight behind a government campaign to cut the number of accidents involving motorcyclists.
Coors sponsored the English League Cup under the Worthington brand and are eager to throw their weight behind the competition.
SCOTLAND boss Berti Vogts has urged the Old Firm to forget moving to the Premiership and throw their weight behind the Scottish game.
Industry associations should throw their weight behind companies, technologies, ideas and practices that represent the best the industry has to offer.
But the renewal of the scheme could encourage institutional investors to throw their weight behind film companies that are using the tax relief as a foundation to build mini-studios.
Two more EU Member States have decided to throw their weight behind the European Commission in its case against American tobacco companies RJR Reynolds Inc.
Hewlett-Packard Co, Oracle Corp and Toshiba Corp are among seven new members to throw their weight behind the Wireless Application Protocol Forum, an effort to build a standard for internet communications on wireless devices (CI No 3,538).
Soccer players will throw their weight behind an anti-bullying scheme by wearing special wristbands during a match tomorrow.