carry weight

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Verb1.carry weight - have influence to a specified degree; "Her opinion carries a lot of weight"
shape, determine, influence, regulate, mold - shape or influence; give direction to; "experience often determines ability"; "mold public opinion"
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(ˈkӕri) verb
1. to take from one place etc to another. She carried the child over the river; Flies carry disease.
2. to go from one place to another. Sound carries better over water.
3. to support. These stone columns carry the weight of the whole building.
4. to have or hold. This job carries great responsibility.
5. to approve (a bill etc) by a majority of votes. The parliamentary bill was carried by forty-two votes.
6. to hold (oneself) in a certain way. He carries himself like a soldier.
ˈcarry-all noun
(American) a hold-all.
ˈcarry-cot noun
(American portacrib®) a small bed, like a basket, with handles for carrying a baby.
be/get carried away
to be overcome by one's feelings. She was/got carried away by the excitement.
carry forward
to add on (a number from one column of figures to the next). I forgot to carry the 2 forward.
carry off
to take away by carrying. She carried off the screaming child.
carry on
1. to continue. You must carry on working; Carry on with your work.
2. to manage (a business etc). He carries on a business as a grocer.
carry-on (ˈkari-on) noun
(slang) a fuss; excited behaviour.
carry-on (ˈkari-on) adjective
(of bags or cases) that passengers can carry with them on board a plane.
carry out
to accomplish. He carried out the plan.
carry weight
to have influence. His opinion carries a lot of weight around here.
References in classic literature ?
She need be accustomed to such loads betimes thought, neighbor, for she will carry weight when you are dead.
He's a big horse who can carry weight, but I'm not saying we will run him at this stage.
On Friday, the Simi Valley Police Officers' Association announced its endorsements, which, though no guarantee of victory, carry weight in a town where many residents support their local police department.
Arguments that carry weight with companies include:
Have you ever wondered why there are so many more people inclined to carry weight (slow metabolism) than to shed weight (fast metabolism)?
While recommendations from the independent Model Health Inquiry will not be binding, they will carry weight.
He likes fast ground and can carry weight, but was very disappointing last time and we will just have to see.
Factors that once made Boston an attractive place to be no longer carry weight.
Unions will have a wide ranging debate before we finally decide our stance, but Prof Bercusson is well respected and his views will carry weight.
Unions will have a wide-ranging debate before we finally decide our stance, but Professor Bercusson is well respected by unions, and his views will carry weight.
He'll carry weight and he needs decent ground which he should get at Ascot.