Makeweight meaning

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Something added on a scale in order to meet a required weight.
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Something added only to fill a lack.
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A counterweight; a counterbalance.
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Anything added to a scale to complete the required weight.
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An unimportant person or thing added to make up some lack.
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Something of inferior quality which is included in a shipment to make up the weight.
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Something included to add to the apparent weight or force of a argument.

He added a long litany of peripheral precedents which the judge dismissed as mere makeweights.

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Origin of makeweight