- something put in a scale to complete a required weight.
- anything added to supply a lack.
Origin of makeweight
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Examples from the Web for makeweight
"I'll throw in two for makeweight," said the woman with her good-natured look.A Little Princess
Frances Hodgson Burnett
They are men of prudence, and persuade E. to go with them, as a makeweight.Some Private Views
Into scales of doubt, equally balanced, he should be ready to throw his lyre, as a makeweight.
They will all wish to make of us a makeweight candle, when they are making out their pounds.
It didn't really matter; his respectability seemed more than a makeweight for slighted syntax.A Likely Story
William De Morgan
- something put on a scale to make up a required weight
- an unimportant person or thing added to make up a lack
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Word Origin and History for makeweight
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