- 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 paperweight
All of the work that comes with being an escort, and all of its attendant horrors, for this… paperweight?And The Escort of The Year Is… Backstage at The Sex Oscars
March 24, 2014
A paperweight that my mother gave me; it is made of dark blue glass and is in the shape of a heart.Ben Yagoda: How I Not Write Bad
February 13, 2013
The thing skidded and hit my paperweight so that the switch was thrown on again.The Untouchable
Stephen A. Kallis
Then going to the desk, he took a paper from under the paperweight.The Return of Peter Grimm
You shrank it down and put it in a glass globe, in a paperweight.The Crystal Crypt
Philip Kindred Dick
He put on his fez and tucked the paperweight inside his tunic.
It is well that Mokorongo had the paperweight to support his courage.
- a small heavy object placed on loose papers to prevent them from scattering
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