Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In racing, the lightest weight allowed by the rules to be carried by a horse in a handicap.
- n. In sporting, a boxer, etc., whose weight falls within the lowest of the divisions prescribed by the rules —heavy-weight, middle-weight, light-weight, and feather-weight; hence, a very light weight, or a person of very light weight.
- n. A frivolous or flippant person; one of slight ability, influence, or importance.
“Having aced this test three times already, the small, outboard-wheeled feather-weight did it in three runs.”
“Reading as an onlooker is such a treat and Elizabeth Baines positions the fulcrum of each story with absolute precision and then, with the most feather-weight whispers, proceeds to tip the balance of power first one way then the next.”
“McLame is not feather-weight, so I'm looking for a close Obama win tonight.”
“My head hit the windshield, the force of the impact made my 140 pound body feather-weight and in slow motion I slid, witness to a sickening cracking sound, underneath the steel frame of the bus.”
“When I first picked up the 1. 3-oz set of padded earpieces, connected with a feather-weight wire, I was excited about the idea of getting stellar quality without looking like Princess Leia at the gym (not that there's anything wrong with that).”
“In these testing times the Yanks will go for someone who knows real pain, rather than a supercilious feather-weight who looks as though he would faint at a paper cut, particularly if the blood marked his Armani suit.”
“They will huff and they will puff and they will huff and puff - and they will blow your house down if at all possible before they will give up a feather-weight of their power.”
“You're Keithland's first sane Firelord, and still you haven't a feather-weight of good sense. ”
“The roads being in some places very bad, and neither the lady nor myself being feather-weight, the springs were frequently brought down upon one another with a very disagreeable jerk.”
“The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away" and men's defiant or wailing attitudes under an unexpected visitation of adversity only re-act to their own ultimate prejudice and do not lessen the heavy burden by a feather-weight.”
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