death weight

noun

Definition of death weight

: a small weight (as a coin) laid on the eyelids of a corpse to keep them closed

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First Known Use of death weight

1832, in the meaning defined above

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“Death weight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/death%20weight. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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