The weight of the world
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British pronunciation/ðə wˈeɪt ɒvðə wˈɜːld/
American pronunciation/ðə wˈeɪt ʌvðə wˈɜːld/
the weight of the world
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a worrisome or difficult responsibility or undertaking that is a burden to one

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the weight of the world definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "the weight of the world" and when to use it?

The idiom "the weight of the world" is used to describe a person's perception or feeling of bearing an immense burden or responsibility. It suggests that someone feels overwhelmed by the problems, concerns, or challenges they are facing, as if they are carrying the weight of the entire world on their shoulders. While the exact origin is not documented, the phrase has been in use for quite some time.

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Coping with the illness of a loved one can make one feel as if they have the weight of the world on their shoulders.
After his promotion, he felt the weight of the world on his shoulders as he assumed greater responsibilities at work.
The mayor faced a crisis that made it seem as if he had the weight of the world on his shoulders.
The young activist took on environmental causes and felt the weight of the world in her mission to make a difference.
When dealing with her family's financial troubles, she often felt like she was carrying the weight of the world.
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