Also, carry authority or conviction. Exert influence, authority, or persuasion, as in No matter what the President says, his words always carry weight. Shakespeare combined two of these expressions in Henry VIII (3:2): “Words cannot carry authority so weighty.” [c. 1600]
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How to use carry weight in a sentence
“And you will find nae word of Aros Roost, maybe,” objected Rorie, and his argument appeared to carry weight.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XXI | Robert Louis Stevenson
But still he seemed to carry weight, with leathern girdle braced; For all might see the bottle necks still dangling at his waist.The Book of Humorous Verse | Various
They carry weight well, making bold and easy jumps where other larger horses fail.
Competitors are asked to note that legibility of handwriting will carry weight as well as intrinsic merit.The Healthy Life, Vol. V, Nos. 24-28 | Various
The passengers were well-known citizens, whose testimony would be sure to carry weight in any court of law.Randy of the River | Horatio Alger Jr.