The Tea Party was weighed down by the birther movement, and Occupy Wall Street has gotten looped in with hippie culture.
Leader Jean-François Copé is weighed down by a campaign financing affair.
They looked younger now than when weighed down in camouflage, flak jackets and helmets.
In the gallant hearts that trod those decks, existed none of the timidity and distrust that weighed down the government.
She was weighed down to the earth, and she could not rid herself of the burden that oppressed her.
Her head rested heavily on her hand, as if weighed down by the burden of despair.
Still I did not move, weighed down by a profound discouragement.
But you must remember that it was not for himself that Arthur was so weighed down.
When the story ends the tired eyelids are weighed down with sleep.
I have been weighed down and almost crushed with sorrow and affliction.
Old English wegan "find the weight of, have weight, lift, carry," from Proto-Germanic *weganan (cf. Old Saxon wegan, Old Frisian wega, Dutch wegen "to weigh," Old Norse vega, Old High German wegan "to move, carry, weigh," German wiegen "to weigh"), from PIE *wegh- "to move" (cf. Sanskrit vahati "carries, conveys," vahitram "vessel, ship;" Avestan vazaiti "he leads, draws;" Greek okhos "carriage;" Latin vehere "to carry, convey;" Old Church Slavonic vesti "to carry, convey;" Lithuanian vezu "to carry, convey;" Old Irish fecht "campaign, journey").
The original sense was of motion, which led to that of lifting, then to that of "measure the weight of." The older sense of "lift, carry" survives in the nautical phrase weigh anchor. Figurative sense of "to consider, ponder" (in reference to words, etc.) is recorded from mid-14c.