weight of numbers

weight of numbers

1. The power, influence, or advantage achieved by having large number of people or things acting together. People seem not to be realizing that the weight of numbers turning out to support this political movement has turned it into a force to be reckoned with. Companies that believe they'll remain relevant through the sheer weight of numbers they employ are those that come crashing down the hardest.
2. Various statistical elements that, when taken together, create a clear influence or advantage. The youngest player in the tournament, she has, through the sheer weight of numbers, earned a top-seeded position, outranking established veterans who haven't had as wildly successful seasons.
See also: number, of, weight

weight of ˈnumbers

the combined power, strength or influence of a group: They got what they wanted by sheer weight of numbers.
See also: number, of, weight
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"There is concern among the population writ large that there is an undermining through general immigration and the weight of numbers that we have got, and Islam as well, that our culture is being buried by this, being sort of pushed aside," he told reporters.
But Mourinho bolstered his midfield after the break and United were able to force City back through sheer weight of numbers.
Sheer weight of numbers gives the largest specialty, internal medicine, the largest demand --11,411 total applicants --and the biggest difference between that demand and the number of PGY-1 positions offered: 6,770 slots, leaving 4,641 new doctors to settle for another specialty, according to data from the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).
Sheer weight of numbers gives the largest specialty, internal medicine, the largest demand -11,411 total applicants--and the biggest difference between that demand and the number of PGY-1 positions offered: 6,770 slots, leaving 4,641 new doctors to settle for another specialty, according to data from the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).
However, I do not doubt that future generations will meet any challenges to ensure the nation's infrastructure does not collapse through sheer weight of numbers.
So, if it is to happen, the sheer weight of numbers needs to be more in favour of the fairer sex.
O'Driscoll's future cap-haul predictions are backed up by the weight of numbers Italy will bring to Dublin on Saturday.
As urbanisation, overcrowding and scarcities increase, policies and the planet itself become overwhelmed by weight of numbers.
Cleveland Juniors played to their strengths and all too often thwarted attacks by sheer weight of numbers.
There is no batsman banging the door down through weight of numbers. That Ricky Ponting, who could not rediscover past glories earlier in the summer, clearly tops the Sheffield Shield runs' list highlights the lack of talent coming through."
Their sheer weight of numbers were too much for Cooke to handle and she was a spent force when Emma Pooley accelerated near the end.
We both are taken aback by the sheer weight of numbers.
During the protest in question there were over 500 demonstrators and the weight of numbers meant that the army quickly lost the ability to control of the situation.
"Then I saw them basically surround Stephen and he went down through sheer weight of numbers.
Witness Royston Westbrook told how the 18-year-old was surrounded and brought to the ground by "the sheer weight of numbers".