Who wants to drag around a dead weight, or invite a virus to a party?
Pisa performance is undermined by trendy progressivism, or by dead weight tradition.
Mr Nadella would do well to make Microsoft more competitive, by sharpening innovation, cutting dead weight and boosting morale.
She can take the heaviest, dead weight of an ethical dilemma and stretch then lighten it into a full, compelling human story.
He just physically dragged a dead weight through five or six feet of water.
But it takes a truly radical band to dispense with the dead weight of guitars and drums completely.
Often it's because they have a Ned Kelly-like identity as the outsider, rising up against the dead weight of authority and tradition.
All tractors must pull a dead weight until they can pull no more.