To weigh down

To overbalance.
To oppress with weight; to overburden; to depress.
- Milton.
to sink by its own weight.

See also: Weigh, Weigh, Weigh

References in classic literature ?
Taken altogether, it was a dreadfully long name to weigh down a poor innocent child, and one of the hardest lessons I ever learned was to remember my own name.
JG Summit's removal from the FTSE indices and the persistent weakness in the US markets likewise continued to weigh down the market, Papa Securities said.
Weak external demand from major industrial nations and China continues to weigh down East Asia.
1 : to weigh down : burden <Their heavy coats encumbered the children.
He straps on water-carrying bags filled with enough liquid to weigh down his body.
Many of my friends have turned that corner into their 40s, and they all talk about shedding the burdens that used to weigh down their lives--other people's expectations, futile relationships, overreaching ambition, pointless fears and insecurities.