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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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Julie Kraulis' WHIMSY'S HEAVY THINGS (9781770494039, $19.99) tells of a girl whose heavy things are weighing her down. She tries to get rid of them but they always come back, even when she sails out to sea to be rid of them.
According to the Daily Star, this incident and all the negative attention along with the abuse Tulisa has been receiving on Twitter is weighing her down and she has started to believe that the world is conspiring against her.
her lap, a dead weight weighing her down. The woman's expression
Conditions were treacherous but our poor post lady delivered our mail as usual, her heavy bag weighing her down.
And it looks like they were weighing her down as she struggled to lift them off her neck on a shopping spree.
The large brown sack seemed to be weighing her down as she tottered to her waiting taxi.