- a small, heavy object of glass, metal, etc., placed on papers to keep them from scattering.
Origin of paperweight
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Examples from the Web for paper-weight
Her master kept it on his table as a paper-weight, and no one knew it was loaded.Viviette
William J. Locke
Look out, Peter, let me shy this paper-weight at him—there, I'll bet that mashed him into jelly!Rosemary
And the paper-weight echoed, “Not a thing out of the ordinary!”The Brown Mouse
The foot of the Princess Hermonthis to be used for a paper-weight!
Then he rose to his feet and tossed the paper-weight on to the desk with a crash.The Girl in the Golden Atom
Raymond King Cummings
- a small heavy object placed on loose papers to prevent them from scattering
Word Origin and History for paper-weight
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