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weigh anchor

To hoist the anchor so that a ship can sail. Weigh anchor, boys—we're going home!
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weigh a ton

To be extremely heavy. Most often refers to something that must (and can feasibly) be handled by hand, as opposed to something that actually weighs a ton or more. Greg, go get your brother to help us lift this thing. It weighs a ton!
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weigh in at

To be a certain weight. The challenger weighs in at 162 pounds. Is it really over the weight limit? What does it weigh in at?
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weigh (one's) words

1. To choose what one says carefully. Weigh your words when you talk to the boss—this is a situation you need to finesse.
2. To think about what one else has said. I've been weighing his words all day, trying to figure out what he meant.
See also: weigh, word

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 in

1. To be a certain weight. Often followed by "at" and the weight. The wrestler was disqualified when he weighed in 1 pound over the limit. That largemouth bass Jim caught weighed in at 20 pounds!
2. To be weighed. Typically used for sports such as boxing and wrestling, when competitors must not exceed a certain weight. Boxers always make a spectacle when they weigh in before the bout. Everyone has to weigh in on Friday, no exceptions.
3. To give one's opinion or analysis of something during a discussion. Karen, you haven't weighed in yet. What's your take on this? Later on the show, Senator Williams will weigh in on the debate.
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weigh on

1. For an additional weight to burden or bend something or cause it to droop. The fallen tree must have weighed on the other to the point that both fell. I'm just worried about all the snow weighing on the roof.
2. By extension, to be a burden or impediment to. A noun or pronoun can be used between "weigh" and "on." It feels good to finally get that off my chest. The guilt has weighed on me for years. All the extra orders have been weighing on us a bit, but hopefully we'll be able to get back to normal operations after the holidays.
See also: on, weigh

weigh on (one's) mind

To cause someone a lot of worry, concern, or anxiety, especially for a long period of time. I know that money issues have been weighing on his mind ever since the company began issuing pay cuts. I really acted like a jerk on Friday night, and it has weighed on my mind all weekend long.
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weigh (something) in the balance

To consider the positive and negative implications of something very carefully, especially when making a decision. We'll have to weigh each applicant in the balance before deciding who to hire, so it could be a couple of weeks before we make our final decision. Be sure to weigh it in the balance before deciding to take out a loan of any size. Just because the bank is willing to lend you money doesn't mean it's the right thing to do.
See also: balance, weigh

weigh against someone or something

Fig. to count against someone or something; [for some fact] to work against someone or something. I hope my many absences do not weigh against me on the final grade. This will weigh against you.
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weigh in (at something)

Fig. to present oneself at a certain weight. (Usually said of boxers.) The fighter weighed in at over two hundred pounds. The contenders weighed in yesterday.
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weigh on someone's mind

Fig. [for something] to be in a person's thoughts; [for something] to be bothering someone's thinking. This problem has been weighing on my mind for many days now. I hate to have things weighing on my mind. I can't sleep when I'm worried.
See also: mind, on, weigh

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 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's words

 
1. Fig. to consider carefully what someone says. I listened to what he said, and I weighed his words very carefully. Everyone was weighing his words. None of us knew exactly what he meant.
2. Fig. to consider one's own words carefully when speaking. I always weigh my words when I speak in public. John was weighing his words carefully because he didn't want to be misunderstood.
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weigh something against something

to ponder something by balancing it against something. I weighed going to town against staying here and sleeping and I decided to stay here. When I weigh your suggestion against my own ideas, I realize that I must follow my own conscience.
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weigh something out

to weigh something as it is distributed. The merchant weighed the cuts of meat out for each of the waiting women. They weighed out the grain care-fully.
See also: out, weigh

weigh something up

to find out the weight of something. I can't tell you how much this will cost until I weigh it up. Liz weighed up the meat and jotted down the price.
See also: up, weigh

weigh (up)on someone

Fig. to burden or worry someone. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) The problems at the office were beginning to weigh upon Mr. Franklin. My problems began to weigh on me.
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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 in

Be weighed; also, be of a particular weight. For example, Because it was such a small plane, the passengers and their luggage had to weigh in before takeoff , or The fish weighed in at 18 pounds. [Late 1800s]
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weigh on

Also, weigh upon. Depress, as in His criticism weighed on her, or The long silence began to weigh upon us. This idiom was first recorded in 1775.
See also: on, weigh

weigh one's words

Speak or write with deliberation or considerable care, as in The doctor weighed his words as he explained her illness. This term was first recorded in 1340.
See also: weigh, word

weigh something in the balance

carefully ponder or assess the merits and demerits of something.
The image is of a pair of old-fashioned scales with two pans in which the positive and negative aspects of something can be set against each other. The expanded phrase weighed in the balance and found wanting meaning ‘having failed to meet the test of a particular situation’ is also found, and is an allusion to the biblical book of Daniel , where such a process formed part of the judgement made on King Belshazzar .
See also: balance, something, weigh

weigh ˈanchor

(of a ship and its passengers) leave a place: We weighed anchor in the afternoon and started for the Philippines.
This means ‘to lift the anchor out of the water’ before sailing away.
See also: anchor, weigh

weigh on your ˈmind

(of a problem or difficulty) make you feel worried and anxious: The safety of the missing children was weighing on their minds.
See also: mind, on, weigh

weigh (half) a ˈton

(informal) be very heavy: These suitcases weigh a ton! What have you got in them? OPPOSITE: (as) light as air/a feather
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weigh your ˈwords

carefully choose the words you use when you speak or write: He spoke very slowly, weighing his words.
See also: weigh, word

weigh against

v.
1. To compare something to something else in order to make a decision: When we weighed our decision against the alternatives, it was clearly the wrong choice.
2. To affect someone or something adversely in an evaluation: My poor test scores will weigh against me.
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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.
See also: down, weigh

weigh in

v.
1. To be weighed at an official weigh-in for an athletic competition: The boxer weighed in before the fight. The fighter weighed in at 250 pounds.
2. To weigh something officially, as for travel on an airplane: The ticket agent weighed our bags in. After the agent weighed in my suitcase, I went to the gate.
3. To join an ongoing discussion, debate, or competition: The president still hasn't weighed in on the issue. After striking out twice, the player finally weighed in with a base hit.
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weigh on

or weigh upon
v.
1. To cause to sink or bend heavily by or as if by added weight: The bad news weighed on the prices of oil stocks. A coating of ice weighed upon the slender branches.
2. To preoccupy someone with a feeling of guilt or blame: The consequences of their mistake weighed on them. Heavy guilt weighed upon the thief.
See also: on, weigh

weigh out

v.
1. To measure or apportion some specific quantity by or as if by weight: The clerk weighed out a pound of cheese.
2. To weigh or otherwise evaluate something: We weighed out the hamburger and found we needed another pound. I wasn't sure that they gave us the correct amount, so I weighed it out.
3. To determine the relative value of some set of things: The council listened to our requests and carefully weighed them out.
See also: out, weigh

weigh with

v.
To be of importance to someone when making a decision: The issue of taxes will weigh heavily with the voters.
See also: weigh
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