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  • n  anything added to fill out a whole
    some of the items in the collection are mere makeweights
  • n  a weight added to the scale to reach a required weight

  • Now, however, with former Speaker Volodymir Lytvyn's bloc having made it back into parliament, Tymoshenko might co-opt his tiny faction as a makeweight, and give him the .
  • His words, affixed in epigraph to Irwin Shaw's bestseller of 1948, seemed no more than intellectual makeweight in what proved to be a light package.
  • You must admit that when one deals with two large questions in a novel, and throws in an epitome of modern German socialism as set forth by Marx as a makeweight, it is rather .
News & Articles

  • Barcelona to Tease Tottenham With David Villa, Possible Wayne Rooney Makeweight
    Remember a week ago when it seemed Arsenal were at the mercy of Real Madrid when it involved Gonzalo Higuain ? Replace Arsenal with Tottenham , Real Madrid with Barcelona and Higuain with David Villa and the story repeats itself. Catalan-based Sport is of the mind that, once Wayne Rooney decides to leave Manchester United , Barcelona will dangle Villa as a makeweight to snare the transfer of the ...
    July 4, 2013 - Bleacher Report

  • Graeme Souness in This is London
    Souness said: "I asked him what all this was about and he told me he was upset about the speculation that he was going to be sold or used as a makeweight in an incoming transfer."
  • Tommy Baldwin in
    Even though I was the makeweight in the deal, Tommy Docherty [Chelsea's manager in 1966] kept saying he had the better buy,Baldwin said.

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