dead weight

noun
1.
the heavy, unrelieved weight of anything inert:
"The dead weight of the bear's body was over 300 pounds."
2.
a heavy or oppressive burden or responsibility.
3.
the weight of a railroad car, truck, etc., as distinct from its load or contents.
Also, deadweight.
Origin
1650–60
Example Sentences for deadweight
The deadweight cost is dependent on the elasticity of supply and demand for a good.
British Dictionary definitions for deadweight
dead weight
 
n
1.  a heavy weight or load
2.  an oppressive burden; encumbrance
3.  the difference between the loaded and the unloaded weights of a ship
4.  another name for dead load
5.  (in shipping) freight chargeable by weight rather than by bulk

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Word Origin and History for deadweight
deadweight
1650s, "weight of an inert body," from dead + weight.
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