weight of numbers


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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
References in classic literature ?
His pistol was wrenched from its holster and he was securely pinioned down by the weight of numbers.
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.