After all, excessive holiday spending results in what economists refer to a “deadweight loss.”
Access to credit can be a great thing, but it can also become a deadweight around your neck.
Similarly, consider Joel Waldfogel's AER article "The deadweight Loss of Christmas" (which he later adapted into Scroogenomics).
Yet the power (so defined as horse-power) required to raise a deadweight of 20 lbs.
Blindly, I felt for the buttons on my dress, and buttoning I sank back in sleep again—the deadweight sleep of utter exhaustion.
The remainder were freighters, averaging about 5,000 deadweight tons each.
It was the sudden release of both the keel and deadweight of the projectile that had caused R19 to shoot up to the surface.