Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

throw (your) weight around

throw weight around
1) be unpleasantly self-assertive, get angry
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    • he/she was throwing their weight around
  • Analysis
     The idiom to throw your weight around means to behave as if you have a lot of power or to use your position unfairly or aggressively in order to get what you want. You can 'throw your weight around' physically by intimidating others or you can 'throw your weight around' by reminding others of your power or position in a threatening way. This is an informal expression used more often in casual contexts.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. The angry man began to shout and throw his weight around when he was refused entry to the nightclub.
    2. Throwing your weight around won't change anything, said the policeman to the agitated driver who was caught speeding.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. 'Don't forget the close relationship I have with the mayor', he said. 'Don't throw your weight around with me', he replied. 'It just won't work.'
    2. Throwing your weight around the office won't change the fact that your work was not completed on time.
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