carry weight

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carry weight

Also, carry authority or conviction. Exert influence, authority, or persuasion, as in No matter what the President says, his words always carry weight. Shakespeare combined two of these expressions in Henry VIII (3:2): "Words cannot carry authority so weighty." [c. 1600]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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