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    #1

    cast my weight

    Hello everybody,

    I've tried to find an appropriate translation / meaning for 'cast' in connection with 'weight' but none of them doesn't make sense to me.

    It is taken from a song.

    Does anyone out there have an idea?

    Thank you.
    Last edited by Snowcake; 29-Jun-2008 at 14:24.

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    #2

    Re: cast my weight

    You can cast your shadow or throw your weight. I think cast here means to throw.

    'Cast a cold eye o'er life o'er death...
    horeseman pass by'

    W.B. Yeats's epitaph

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    #3

    Re: cast my weight

    Thank you.

    So is it used (figuratively) in the sense of 'throw away', 'reduce'?

    I can't really imagine how to throw 'my' weight.


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    #4

    Re: cast my weight

    No, it generally is used as in 'to throw your weight about.' Meaning to bully or harass. I think in the song weight is substituted for shadow. Don't know why...poetic licence?

    Trying perhaps to say make people see I am here, that I have substance.

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    #5

    Re: cast my weight

    The fisherman cast his net. The boxer threw a punch.

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    #6

    Re: cast my weight

    Beautifully explained and expressed. I've got it.

    Thanks a lot.


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    #7

    Re: cast my weight

    Thanks. I hope Germany don't throw away the game tonight haha.

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