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make·weight

 (māk′wāt′)
n.
1. Something added on a scale in order to meet a required weight.
2. Something added only to fill a lack.
3. A counterweight; a counterbalance.
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makeweight

(ˈmeɪkˌweɪt)
n
1. something put on a scale to make up a required weight
2. an unimportant person or thing added to make up a lack
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make•weight

(ˈmeɪkˌweɪt)

n.
1. something put in a scale to complete a required weight.
2. anything added to supply a lack.
[1685–95]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.makeweight - anything added to fill out a whole; "some of the items in the collection are mere makeweights"
object, physical object - a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow; "it was full of rackets, balls and other objects"
2.makeweight - a weight added to the scale to reach a required weightmakeweight - a weight added to the scale to reach a required weight
weight - an artifact that is heavy
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Translations

makeweight

[ˈmeɪkweɪt] N
1. (= weight, object) → contrapeso m
2. (fig) (= person) → suplente mf, sustituto/a m/f (pej) → parche m, elemento m de relleno
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makeweight

n
(lit) he added a few more as makeweightser gab noch ein paar dazu, um das Gewicht vollzumachen
(fig)Lückenbüßer m; (= person)Lückenbüßer(in) m(f); to use something as a makeweightetw in die Waagschale werfen
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makeweight

[ˈmeɪkˌweɪt] n (thing) cosa aggiunta per completare un insieme; (person) I'm only in the team as a sort of make-weightsono nella squadra solo per far numero
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References in classic literature ?
The lonely Earth amid the balls That hurry through the eternal halls, A makeweight flying to the void, Supplemental asteroid, Or compensatory spark, Shoots across the neutral Dark.
Arsenal will get nowhere near that figure, but are now discussing putting players into the deal, with Calum Chambers, Carl Jenkinson and Mohamed Elneny all possible makeweights.
Orlando chief Rawlins believes Kaka's capture shows they are not prepared to be makeweights in their first year.
SHAKHTAR DONETSK suffered a huge blow when playmaker Ferdinandinho sustained a broken leg at the weekend but they have plenty of decent attacking options in their squad and they should have few problems securing a home win over Group H makeweights Partizan Belgrade.
They were deflated to draw their opening Confederations Cup with 'makeweights' Iraq, especially as what looked a certain winning goal in the dying minutes was prevented from crossing the line by one of their own players, but within minutes they were beaming from ear to ear again at the prospect of their next match against New Zealand.
Madrid's young strikers Alvaro Negredo and Alberto Bueno have been suggested as makeweights in any possible deal for Alonso.
And the 42-times-capped star insists the result at Parkhead the same evening, when Gordon Strachan's men drew with Danish makeweights Aalborg played right into their hands.
MARTIN O'Neill has dismissed suggestions that Villa youngsters Gary Cahill and Isaiah Osbourne could be used as makeweights in a move for Albion's Jason Koumas.
Other recent transfers have included makeweights like half a pig, two sets of goalposts and a crate of wine.
But he knows he will have to bring players in and several of his under-achieving reserves, who have been warned they are on the way out, will be used as makeweights in exchange deals.
With five goals already this season, Solskjaer is hoping to keep his place as United look to maintain their 100% record at the expense of Danish makeweights FC Copenhagen tonight.
The Blackburn winger has lost a stone in weight since hard taskmaster Graeme Souness took over as manager at Ewood Park and is ready for his first international start in nearly two years against the Group Two makeweights of Andorra.