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weigh down

1. To burden or immobilize something by attaching additional weight or placing it on top. A noun or pronoun can be used between "weigh" and "down." You should weigh down those papers with a paperweight so they don't fly out the window. Your car definitely won't get good gas mileage if you have all that heavy equipment in the trunk weighing it down.
2. By extension, to be a burden or impediment to. A noun or pronoun can be used between "weigh" and "down." It feels good to finally get that off my chest. I've felt like I've been weighed down by guilt all these years. All the extra orders have been weighing us down a bit, but hopefully we'll be able to get back to normal operations after the holidays.
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weigh someone or something down

to burden someone or something. The heavy burden weighed the poor donkey down. The load of bricks weighed down the truck.
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weigh someone down

Fig. [for a thought] to worry or depress someone. All these problems really weigh me down. Financial problems have been weighing down our entire family.
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weigh down

Burden, oppress, as in Their problems have weighed them down. This expression transfers bowing under a physical weight to emotional burdens. [c. 1600]
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weigh down

v.
1. To hold or bend something down by applying weight: I weighed the trail map down on the ground with stones. The vines were weighed down by their heavy grapes.
2. To burden or oppress someone or something: Heavy backpacks weighed down the hikers. The responsibilities of the new job weighed me down.
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Only if we can set aside the grudges that weigh us down will we be able to stride forwards with full vigour and determination along the path of peace," she said.
In the process and the aftermath of oppression, persecution, war and genocide, when personal coherence is threatened and intimacy evacuated, memories can weigh us down, repeating themselves in traumatic re-enactment.
All the guilt and gore that weigh us down can be lifted.
After those first three games to let one disappoiinting performance really weigh us down would be wrong.
No matter what sorrows weigh us down or tears we may spill at night on our pillow, joy can come to each of us in every new morning.
But at the same time, all of our physical trappings weigh us down.
Jesus catches us up in the midst of all of the things that threaten to weigh us down and surprises us again.
That's the day we are at our lowest when the weather, debt, post-Christmas blues, failed resolution attempts and low motivation weigh us down.
It can weigh us down and make our journey more difficult.
Fear and doubt may weigh us down as we think of the future.
Neither would weigh us down although both slices were ample.
We allow that belief to weigh us down, and it becomes the "baggage" we carry forward.
Now, whatever was going to happen would be like a dream, and we didn't have major goals and objectives to weigh us down.
Everything we carry in our backpack will start to weigh us down more the higher we climb," she says.