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weigh down

Meaning: If you're weighed down by problems or responsibilities, you feel stressed or unhappy because of them.

Synonym: burden

For example:

  • be weighed down by sth Sarah feels weighed down by all of her responsibilities, both at work and at home.

  • weigh sb down The pressure his parents put on the boy to succeed in school weighed him down so much that he ran away from home.

Quick Quiz:

Sometimes Prince Henry feels so weighed down by the responsibilities of being a member of a royal family that he wants to
  1. jump and shout for joy
  2. take on more responsibilities
  3. be a normal person instead

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