1Something put on a scale to make up the required weight.
- I've got my little bag of foreign coins out as a makeweight, so let's see…
1.1An unimportant person or thing that is only added or included in order to complete something: he has waited a long time to establish himself after two years as squad makeweight
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- Hedman filled a void created by Dmitri Kharine's summer contract expiry but the Sweden international is not expected to be just a squad makeweight.
- Disc two's round-up of singles hints at last-minute doubts about disc one: doubts that, two or three makeweights aside, are unjustified.
- Tiny ivory fans were put into tea chests as makeweights and we all associate white ostrich feather with presentation at court.
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