Definition of “dead weight” - English Dictionary

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“dead weight” in British English

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dead weightnoun [ C usually singular ]

uk /ˌded ˈweɪt/ us /ˌded ˈweɪt/

the heaviness of a person or object that cannot or does not move by itself:

She may be small but, when I have to carry her upstairs after she's fallen asleep, she's a dead weight (US also she is dead weight).

(Definition of “dead weight” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)