To carry weight

To be handicapped; to have an extra burden, as when one rides or runs.
To have influence.
- Cowper.

See also: Carry, Carry

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
"This is no time to carry weight. I can still stand alone, but--indeed we be no fatted bullocks, we two."
"There is no ethical way to ride an elephant, they are not designed to carry weight on their backs.
'The allegations Barasa is making seem to carry weight. Let the matter be probed to clear the air,' Kuttuny said during a security meeting at Makoi in his constituency.
Her husband suffered from a disability that incapacitated him from using his right leg and making it impossible for him to carry weight or work for an extended period.
Gandhi slammed Modi, saying his words had ceased to carry weight since he was lying through the teeth on the promises made to Gujarat and the country.
IANS Deodar (Gujarat) Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday came down heavily on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asserting that his words had ceased to carry weight since he was lying through the teeth on the promises made to Gujarat and the country.
They tried to continue the rides in 2001 but Suzi was no longer willing to carry weight on her back, as told by the director.
I want our relationship to be I want our relationship to be special - when he says he loves special - when he says he loves me I want it to carry weight but me I want it to carry weight but it's becoming a meaningless word.
This is especially true if you tend to carry weight around your abdomen.
A big, powerful type built to carry weight, he should relish the stiff finish here and will be hard to beat.
In an e-bulletin to activists, Unite national officer Karen Reay stated: 'For this survey to carry weight, we need as many people as possible to complete it--a strong survey, clearly giving the views of NHS staff on pay, workload, morale and training, will be of assistance in not only putting forward the strongest possible evidence to the NHS Pay Review Body, but in campaigning politically for a fair pay increase to be implemented.'
Spend as much time training to carry weight down the hill as up the hill.