make·​weight | \ ˈmāk-ˌwāt How to pronounce makeweight (audio) \

Definition of makeweight

1a : something thrown into a scale to bring the weight to a desired value
b : something of little independent value thrown in to fill a gap

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The winger was supposed to be a makeweight in Madrid's attempts to lure Liverpool's rising star Mohamed Salah to the club; Los Blancos looking to exchange Bale and a set amount of cash for the flying Egyptian., "Spanish Report Claims Gareth Bale Set for Summer Move to Man Utd Despite Recent Liverpool Links," 9 Apr. 2018 The Netherlands was one of football’s backwaters until his career began, a makeweight at both club and international level., "World Cup Countdown: 4 Days to Go - What if Johan Cruyff Had Made the Trip to Argentina?," 10 June 2018 Apparently, United targets Alex Sandro and Mario Mandzukic, and Real Madrid and Barcelona target Miralem Pjanic could be used as makeweight., "Juventus Consider Selling 3 Stars in Order to Fund a Move for Lazio Star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic," 31 May 2018 Manchester United midfield Paul Pogba could be used as a makeweight to bring Croatia international Ivan Rakitić to Old Trafford this summer, according to reports in Spain., "Report Claims Man Utd Will Use Paul Pogba in Swap Deal for Barcelona Midfielder," 23 June 2018 But according to Don Ballon, this time around, the Catalan giants are preparing a deal that would see Dembele offered as a makeweight for the Spaniard., "Spanish Report Claims Barcelona Are Keen on Swap Deal for Arsenal Full Back Hector Bellerin," 29 Apr. 2018 At the moment these devices, which weigh only a kilogram or two, are launched mainly as makeweights on missions whose principle purpose is to put a large satellite into space. The Economist, "A Chinese company plans to launch a rocket into orbit this year," 21 June 2018 Both Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal are said to be interested in the former Monaco man, with the latter having made a bid for him as a possible makeweight in the Sanchez deal., "Report: Anthony Martial to Discuss Man United Future With Jose Mourinho," 13 Feb. 2018 The most recent speculation was just this week, claiming that Ousmane Dembele could be a makeweight at the Gunners' request., "Barcelona Follow Juventus' Footsteps & End Interest in Arsenal Right-Back Hector Bellerin," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of makeweight

1695, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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