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

Examples of makeweight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of those players is Paulo Dybala, who nearly signed with Spurs on deadline day in August - could he be used as a makeweight if Juve's finances would allow it?, "Assessing Harry Kane's Options Should He Leave Tottenham in Search of Trophies," 3 Oct. 2019 One player who has frequently been touted as a makeweight in a deal, and one who would knock the price down significantly, is French forward Ousmane Dembele, who joined Barça from Borussia Dortmund in the same window Neymar moved to France., "Ousmane Dembele Rebuffs Interest from PSG as French Champions Attempt Neymar Swap Offer," 16 Aug. 2019 Manchester City are reported to have finalised a £32m move for Juventus full-back Joao Cancelo, with Danilo heading to Turin as a makeweight in the deal., "Joao Cancelo 'Completes' £32m-Plus-Danilo Move to Manchester City With Juventus," 4 Aug. 2019 The report further claims that should Chelsea continue to pursue former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri as Conte's successor that Luiz could be included as a makeweight of any potential deal., "Report: Carlo Ancelotti Eyes Reunion with David Luiz at Napoli," 9 June 2018 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

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First Known Use of makeweight

1695, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Makeweight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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