makeweight

[meyk-weyt]
noun
1.
something put in a scale to complete a required weight.
2.
anything added to supply a lack.

Origin:
1685–95; make1 + weight

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makeweight (ˈmeɪkˌweɪt)
 
n
1.  something put on a scale to make up a required weight
2.  an unimportant person or thing added to make up a lack

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makeweight
1695, "small quantity of something added to make the total reach a certain weight," from make (v.) + weight.
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The second and third alleged violations are essentially makeweight arguments.
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