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[meyk-weyt] /ˈmeɪkˌweɪt/

something put in a scale to complete a required .
anything added to supply a lack.
something put on a scale to make up a required weight
an unimportant person or thing added to make up a lack

also make-weight, 1690s, “small quantity of something added to make the total reach a certain weight,” from make (v.) + weight.

MAKE WEIGHT. A small candle: a term applied to a little slender man. [“Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit, and Pickpocket Eloquence,” London, 1811]


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