makeweight

noun
make·weight | \ ˈmāk-ˌwāt \

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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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. SI.com, "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. SI.com, "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. SI.com, "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. SI.com, "Barcelona Follow Juventus' Footsteps & End Interest in Arsenal Right-Back Hector Bellerin," 9 Mar. 2018 But, speaking on Friday, Wenger denied that Giroud, who has also now been linked with Chelsea, could be included as a part-exchange makeweight. SI.com, "Arsene Wenger Admits Aubameyang Deal Is 'Not Close' & Provides Update on Ozil & Giroud Futures," 26 Jan. 2018 Meanwhile Arsenal supposedly remain in the hunt to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from the German side, and some outlets have reported that Giroud could be used as makeweight to sign the Gabonese hitman. SI.com, "Arsene Wenger Reveals Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund Are 'Nowhere Near' an Agreement for Giroud," 21 Jan. 2018 United have targeted Tottenham's Danny Rose as their long-term answer at left back, and were linked with using Shaw as a makeweight in a potential deal last summer. SI.com, "England Defender 'Fears Man Utd Career Is Over' After Fall Out With Jose Mourinho," 26 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of makeweight

1695, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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