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excess baggage

passenger baggage weighing in excess of the allowed amount.
Informal. an unnecessary burden. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He says we don't want an ounce of excess baggage, or we'll never get anywhere.

  • I am a mere piece of excess baggage which you are too kind-hearted to eliminate.

    Claire Leslie Burton Blades
  • But a Cargo-master was excess baggage when there was no reason for trade.

    Plague Ship Andre Norton
  • A carrier is permitted to charge for excess baggage, and becomes liable as an insurer of such baggage.

  • Like the Ford engine, it will stand for a good many pounds of excess baggage and still do good work.

    How to Analyze People on Sight

    Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict
  • What weaknesses we possess are excess baggage to be thrown away and that is our reason for taking stock so early.

    Laugh and Live Douglas Fairbanks
  • Maybe part of it was because he was free of the ship and at last not just excess baggage but a man with a definite job before him.

    Star Born Andre Norton
  • Neither lad was burdened with excess baggage, so they were not as crowded as they might otherwise have been.

    First at the North Pole Edward Stratemeyer
Contemporary definitions for excess baggage

anything that exceeds what is necessary's 21st Century Lexicon
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excess baggage

noun phrase

A person or thing regarded as unnecessary and likely to impede: He thought his wife and kids were excess baggage (1909+ Theater)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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