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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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And may we always find the courage to let go of what's weighing us down. Hoping 2019 is even more exciting and fruitful for all of us.
It takes some honest thinking or discussion with a therapist to identify what emotions are holding us back or weighing us down in our day to day lives.
With gun, gear and extra shells weighing us down, the effort to come within shotgun range of these wild birds was a test of fitness that often left us doubled-over, the cold autumn air filling our lungs.
Mr Chappell said: "The pension deficit was weighing us down and not allowing us to move forward.
With our fatigue, the downhill leg took us 15 to 20 minutes, with packs weighing us down and rough terrain to negotiate.
Rosssaid: "Thatwasimportant because we drew a lot of games and it was weighing us down slightly the longer it went on.
"We did incur some hefty costs at the time and the legacies have been weighing us down," said Mr Ryan.
"If that record was weighing us down our performances would be poor, but that just isn't the case," said Coyle after going down to a Tamas Vasko winner.
There are just so many reasons out there to fine Jordanians, and think what a good lesson it would be to us all!Meanwhile, and until fines begin to be implemented or some other solution is found to deal with this harsh reality weighing us down and making us more sombre than usual, I will have to learn to adhere to the new rules in my household.
Maybe our heritage of mining and heavy engineering is still weighing us down; or is it because we have become reliant on a few big employers to provide us with jobs?
He said: "Regulation and red tape is weighing us down, and I sincerely hope that this time the Government will take action.
We must forget we are European champions and think only of each game without the trophy weighing us down." And Alonso believes striker Peter Crouch can be a major threat.
"We have to forget that we are the champions of Europe and think only about each individual game without it weighing us down."
"People like me, Darren Fletcher and Stephen keep hearing that we are the future, but that's not a burden weighing us down.