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noun     dead weight pronunciation in British English
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singulardead weight
pluraldead weights
  1. 1
    [countable] something that is very heavy and difficult to lift or carry
    1. a.
      someone who cannot be lifted easily because they are sleeping, unconscious, or dead
  2. 2
    [singular] something that makes it difficult for development, progress, or change to happen
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