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Phrasal Verbs

weigh down

This page is about the phrasal verb 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

a. jump and shout for joy

b. take on more responsibilities

c. be a normal person instead

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