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Throw one’s weight vs Throw one’s weight about

throw one’s weight—(also: swing one’s weight) use one’s influence and personal power to get smth. done, etc.:

  • I was prepared to throw my weight in Cung’s favor. But he mistrusted me and rejected my council.

throw one’s weight about—(also: throw one’s weight around) aggressively assert oneself:

  • She was in here the other day, throw ing her weight about as if she was Hedy Lamarr and Katharine Hepburn rolled into one.