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  • noun Plural form of makeweight.


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  • He did it again in his analysis of Mexico and Uruguay, the Latin American makeweights whom France would face in Group A, observing: "They won't be easy. news, business, sport, the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Sunday Telegraph 2009

  • Unfortunately, two of them were the kind of makeweights whose inclusion gives the Brits a bad name: one hit wonder Gabriel Cilmi (nominated in the Best International Female category, although she is essentially a British signed and promoted artist) and jumped up bar band Scouting For Boys.

    Telegraph Blogs 2009

  • Tottenham still hope to refresh their own frontline this summer – they have sold Robbie Keane to LA Galaxy for £3.5m and may yet move on any of Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe or Roman Pavlyuchenko – though it would still represent something of a reversal of policy if Levy was suddenly receptive to a Modric deal with makeweights thrown in.

    Chelsea may add Yossi Benayoun and Salomon Kalou to Luka Modric bid 2011

  • While Tottenham Hotspur are likely to prove resistant to any attempt to include players as makeweights in any deal for the Croatia midfielder, the manager has tempered his desire to retain Modric by bemoaning the lack of incoming transfers at White Hart Lane this summer.

    Harry Redknapp believes Luka Modric's sale would strengthen Tottenham 2011

  • Chelsea are considering offering Yossi Benayoun and Salomon Kalou as makeweights in a deal for Tottenham Hotspur's playmaker Luka Modric.

    Chelsea may add Yossi Benayoun and Salomon Kalou to Luka Modric bid 2011

  • That scenario is unlikely, even though they have been drawn in a tough-looking pool that also contains Australia – who reached the last World Cup – and Bahrain – surprisingly beaten by New Zealand in the play-offs – as well as makeweights India.

    Park Ji-sung expects Manchester United to keep winning without him 2010

  • If he was really serious about protecting the sanctity of life as he sees it, he would do more than nibble about the edges with makeweights like the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act of 2002: he would state, clearly and forcefully, that Roe v. Wade is legalized murder and demand that it be overturned immediately.

    Balkinization 2007

  • I wouldn't mind, but now I suspect the taxpayer is funding these rosy-cheeked cherubic makeweights for each party.


  • What Rod is suggesting is by all means tell the story of Mary Seacole in citizenship lessons, but don't corrupt the teaching of history by aggrandising makeweights who are useful to modern social conditioning, and trivialising the big hitters who aren't.

    John Terry’s sacking as England captain tells us something interesting... 2009

  • “His fear of England makes him value us a makeweight,” a later American diplomat would observe.17 But how much did Vergennes value his makeweights?

    America's First Dynasty Richard Brookhiser 2002


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