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From make +‎ weight.


makeweight (plural makeweights)

  1. Something of inferior quality which is included in a shipment to make up the weight.
    • 1893, Richard Le Gallienne, in a publisher's report on stories by Ernest Dowson, quoted in Jad Adams, Madder Music, Stronger Wine, page 88.
      I would advise you to accept these as an instalment of a volume, (they are not big enough to make one themselves) with the promise that the stories to come should be more striking, more original in theme — not less so, not mere makeweights — than those under consideration.
  2. Something included to add to the apparent weight or force of an argument.
    He added a long litany of peripheral precedents which the judge dismissed as mere makeweights.

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