Origin of dead weight
How to use dead weight in a sentence
Access to credit can be a great thing, but it can also become a deadweight around your neck.
All those presents that no one wants represent huge deadweight loss.
Similarly, consider Joel Waldfogel's AER article "The Deadweight Loss of Christmas" (which he later adapted into Scroogenomics).
After all, excessive holiday spending results in what economists refer to a “deadweight loss.”
Yet the power (so defined as horse-power) required to raise a deadweight of 20 lbs.Unexplored Spain|Abel Chapman
On the completion of these he was asked by his owner to take command of a barque of about 600 tons deadweight.The Shellback's Progress|Walter Runciman
It was the sudden release of both the keel and deadweight of the projectile that had caused R19 to shoot up to the surface.A Sub and a Submarine|Percy F. Westerman
The remainder were freighters, averaging about 5,000 deadweight tons each.Area Handbook for Romania|Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
In all his movements Bering was hampered by this academical deadweight.Vitus Bering: the Discoverer of Bering Strait|Peter Lauridsen
British Dictionary definitions for dead weight
Other Idioms and Phrases with dead weight
A heavy or oppressive burden, as in That police record will be a dead weight on his career. This term alludes to the unrelieved weight of an inert mass. [Early 1700s]