a small, heavy object of glass, metal, etc., placed on papers to keep them from scattering.

1855–60; paper + weight Unabridged
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paperweight (ˈpeɪpəˌweɪt)
a small heavy object placed on loose papers to prevent them from scattering

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paperweight definition

  1. n.
    a serious student; a hardworking student. : What a jerk! Nothing but a paperweight.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
They make the chunk on the pool table seem dull as a paperweight.
Turn smooth river rocks into a stylish paperweight with white rub-on transfers.
Employees were individually recognized with a certificate of appreciation and a paperweight.
Unloaded handguns--a highly-designed paperweight, nothing to do with airline safety.
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