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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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References in classic literature ?
As a result even I myself felt as if the pall of gloom which weighs us down were somewhat lifted.
TEHRAN (FNA)- When life weighs us down, let us take our lead from the lessons of both the past and the future.
Negative thought patterns -- Our brain processes tons of information each day and a significant amount can be negative, resembling quick sand that traps us and weighs us down.
Our luggage, what weighs us down, is rumination over what life should be and how we can control it.
8221; Elizabeth's four simple tips help us to deal with any problem that weighs us down, even the overdoing of the holidays.
com We've no appetite for clunky cutlery that weighs us down.
com) We''ve no appetite for clunky cutlery that weighs us down, and this set is ideal for those who enjoy a salad and that essential slice of cake.
I don't think the Cup win weighs us down, the success the club had with Sir Alex Ferguson is still talked about.
We consider whatever weighs us down, causes us pain and anguish, traps us in lives of desperation and despair as the "crosses" we have to bear.
We came here with a game plan and France really unsettled us, yet I don't think the favourite tag weighs us down.