Examples from the Web for makeweight
They are men of prudence, and persuade E. to go with them, as a makeweight.Some Private Views|James Payn
They will all wish to make of us a makeweight candle, when they are making out their pounds.
They therefore subscribed a half-dollar piece each, in coin, as a sort of makeweight.On the Spanish Main|John Masefield
Into scales of doubt, equally balanced, he should be ready to throw his lyre, as a makeweight.
Yon apple was meant to live an' bear fruit; the bonny apple's juist the makeweight.Captivity|M. Leonora Eyles