Definition of dead weight noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


    dead weight

    BrE BrE//ˌded ˈweɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌded ˈweɪt//
    [usually singular]
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  1. 1a thing that is very heavy and difficult to lift or move The sleeping child was a dead weight in her arms.
  2. 2a person or thing that makes it difficult for something to succeed or change
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: dead weight