feather-weight love

Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In racing, the lightest weight allowed by the rules to be carried by a horse in a handicap.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A frivolous or flippant person; one of slight ability, influence, or importance.

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Examples

  • Having aced this test three times already, the small, outboard-wheeled feather-weight did it in three runs.

    Automotive X Prize: Aptera completes the handling test, West Philly triumphs

  • 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.

    Balancing on the Edge of the World

  • 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.

    Balancing on the Edge of the World

  • Having aced this test three times already, the small, outboard-wheeled feather-weight did it in three runs.

    Automotive X Prize: Aptera completes the handling test, West Philly triumphs

  • 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.

    47 entries from February 2008

  • 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.

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  • 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).

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  • McLame is not feather-weight, so I'm looking for a close Obama win tonight.

    Here's How Tonight's Big Obama-McCain Showdown Will Unfold

  • 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.

    blog: February 2009

  • 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.

    Smoking Guns and the Morality of Parliamentary Privilege

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