Meaning of HEAVY in English

HEAVY

I. adjective

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a big/major/serious/heavy blow

The earthquake was a serious blow to the area’s tourism industry.

a broad/strong/heavy hint (= one that is very easy to understand )

He had dropped a heavy hint that they might get married.

a deep/sound/heavy sleep (= a sleep from which you cannot easily be woken )

The noise woke him from a deep sleep.

a dull/hard/heavy thud

There was a dull thud as the box hit the floor.

a hard/heavy frost (= a severe frost )

We’ve had three continuous nights of hard frost.

a heavy heart (= feeling very sad )

She made her way to the hospital with a heavy heart.

a heavy meal (= with a lot of rich food )

A heavy meal is likely to make you feel sleepy.

a heavy price

Any country breaking international law will be made to pay a heavy price.

a heavy ring

Her fingers were clustered with heavy rings.

a heavy sigh (= a big sad sigh )

Finally, she turned away from the mirror with a heavy sigh.

a heavy user (= someone who uses something a lot )

Electricity companies are warning that heavy users face much higher bills.

a heavy/great burden

Caring for elderly relatives can be a heavy burden.

a light/heavy load (= not much or a lot of work )

Hans has a heavy teaching load this semester.

a severe/stiff/heavy/tough/harsh penalty

There were calls for stiffer penalties for killers of police officers.

a strong/heavy emphasis

There is a strong emphasis on research in the university.

a thick/heavy mist

Outside, a heavy mist obscured everything.

heavy breather

heavy breathing (= loud breathing )

When I picked up the phone, all I heard was heavy breathing .

heavy cream

heavy debts (= big debts )

The company wanted to reduce its heavy debts.

heavy drinker (= he drank a lot )

He was a heavy drinker .

heavy drinking (= drinking a lot of alcohol )

after a night of heavy drinking

heavy equipment

The truck has to be able to carry tanks and other heavy equipment.

heavy fighting

heavy fighting between government and rebel forces

heavy goods vehicle

heavy hitter

heavy industry (= industries that involve the production of large goods )

Shipbuilding and other heavy industry developed in the North of Britain.

heavy industry

heavy irony British English (= a lot of irony )

‘Of course Michael won’t be late; you know how punctual he always is,’ she said with heavy irony.

heavy jowls (= jowls that hang down slightly )

a man with heavy jowls

heavy losses (= many deaths )

US forces withdrew after suffering heavy losses .

heavy machinery

The use of heavy machinery has damaged the site.

heavy make-up (= a lot of make-up )

a girl in high heels and heavy make-up

heavy metal

heavy petting

heavy reliance

the country’s heavy reliance on trade

heavy sarcasm (= very clear sarcasm )

‘Good of you to arrive on time,’ George said, with heavy sarcasm .

heavy seas (= a rough sea )

The tanker split apart and sank in heavy seas.

heavy shelling

weeks of heavy shelling

heavy showers

More heavy showers are forecast for tonight.

heavy sleeper (= someone who does not wake easily )

heavy smoker (= someone who smokes a lot )

My grandad was a heavy smoker .

Heavy snowfalls

Heavy snowfalls are forecast.

heavy swell (= large movements of the water )

The sea wasn’t rough, but there was a heavy swell .

heavy work (= hard physical work )

The heavy work is done by the gardener.

heavy workload

She’s struggling to cope with the heavy workload .

heavy

We ran into heavy traffic near the airport.

heavy (= strong )

She smelled of a heavy perfume he associated with his mother.

heavy (= with a lot of water coming down )

The rain became more heavy.

heavy (= when a lot of snow falls )

France has been expecting heavy snow all week.

heavy/clay (= containing a lot of clay )

The soil was too heavy to grow decent carrots.

heavy/frequent use (= when something is used a lot )

The heavy use of pesticides in the area led to severe health problems.

heavy/hefty fine (= a large fine )

If convicted, the men face heavy fines.

heavy/light oil

2,000 barrels of heavy oil are produced a day.

The oil corporation announced the discovery of another field of light oil.

heavy/light polling (= with many or few people voting )

heavy/light trading (= a lot of trading or a little trading )

Shares dropped 10% in heavy trading.

heavy/light

She was wearing a heavy coat and a thick scarf.

heavy/thick cloud ( also dense cloud formal )

By midday, heavy clouds had spread across the sky.

heavy/thick curtains (= made of thick material )

Heavy curtains help to keep the house warm.

severe/heavy bleeding (= when someone is losing a lot of blood )

strong/severe/heavy criticism

This decision attracted heavy criticism from environmental groups.

the heavy mob British English (= group of strong violent men )

What happens if they send the heavy mob round to find him?

thick/dense/heavy fog (= great in amount and difficult to see through )

The two lorries collided in heavy fog.

way heavier/smarter/bigger etc (= much heavier etc )

The tickets were way more expensive than I thought.

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ NOUN

artillery

Rangers, meanwhile, are convinced they possess enough heavy artillery to win the war tonight.

The noise of the explosion resembled the shock of a heavy artillery salute....

Roxburgh Castle was proof against all but prolonged siege and heavy artillery .

The sonic assault doesn't have to be all heavy artillery .

Elite Republican Guard troops deployed tanks and heavy artillery against lightly armed guerrilla units.

Using tanks, heavy artillery and the threat of air strikes, they succeeded in defeating the rebels in 18 hours.

It will be some time before the factions upgrade to rockets, missiles and heavy artillery .

blow

Now think again of the wound on Hector's face - a heavy blow , a wide gash.

I am not wholly barren of hope, for circumstances have been dealing the conventional wisdom a new series of heavy blows .

It is knocked to the ground by a heavy blow , seized by the throat or mouth and quickly suffocated.

For the beneficiaries the change would be almost imperceptible: for the losers it would be a heavy blow .

He says that both changes will be a heavy blow for young self-employed workers.

The repression which followed temporarily halted the labour movement and dealt the party a heavy blow .

burden

We all have heavy burdens on our time.

The cost of these programs places a heavy burden on those who work.

If this applies, small indexed sequential files bear a heavy burden compared with larger files.

Along with the freedom of the press, there was also a heavy burden of social responsibility.

The loss of Elliott left Hammer very lightweight in attack and placed a heavy burden on regular strikers White and Harris.

Life is a heavy burden in either case.

That morning, he had felt a strange relief, almost as if a heavy burden had been lifted from his shoulders.

Running this place is a heavy burden .

casualty

In the end, they managed to win but only at a cost of heavy casualties and political humiliation.

Some other stations don't have such good security, you know, and their crime-fighting shows rack up pretty heavy casualties .

B Company had already sustained heavy casualties from the landing and the patrol lost.

He said both sides had suffered heavy casualties .

According to some reports, both sides sustained heavy casualties .

Defence Secretary Malcolm Rifkind has warned any offensive ground action would involve more than 100,000 men and lead to heavy casualties .

cloud

Under dark, heavy clouds , I returned to the den on the river.

Looking northwards towards the end of the dale, she frowned to see the accumulation of heavy clouds above the moors.

During June and July, heavy cloud may at times build up and the weather can become very humid.

But towards morning heavy clouds spread across.

Dark heavy clouds were crawling across the sky, blotting out the stars.

The heavy clouds that had gathered about the summit of Mont Blanc boiled from within.

While they slept, heavy clouds swirled over the valley in massed ranks and the snow began to fall.

defeat

Tranmere Rovers went nap in front of their biggest gate of the season to inflict a heavy defeat on promotion chasing West Ham.

The Bears have had two of their scheduled fixtures washed out and suffered a heavy defeat at Edinburgh.

That junior may have to pay for the victory with a heavy defeat in the future.

After his party's heavy defeat in the subsequent general election, Ellis stayed on as chief whip.

demand

With the singular exception of property stocks, all sectors benefited from heavy demand , almost all leading shares sporting double-figure gains.

Or the heavy demands of professional careers.

There are heavy demands on people's time these days and a lot of rival attractions.

Public service makes heavy demands on a man.

It is not surprising, therefore, that old people make fairly heavy demands on medical care.

Games that placed heavy demands on video and processor were never available for Windows.

I'd say you're looking for a business where they have a heavy demand for rough paper.

From the point of view of library administration the guided tour type of library orientation makes heavy demands on library staff time.

drinker

Her husband was apparently a heavy drinker , and their marriage was deeply unhappy.

But he was not, as Stone contends, a heavy drinker in earlier years.

Many damaging consequences can result from being a heavy drinker but alcoholism does not come simply from drinking too much.

In his youth Tom had been a heavy drinker .

Hispanics are more often heavy drinkers than whites or blacks.

I should know by now that heavy drinkers are awfully fond of high-flown rationalisations for any brief spell of abstinence.

It was crowded with heavy drinkers .

Two of three women with adenocarcinoma had accumulated more than 45 pack years each and one was also a heavy drinker .

duty

Perhaps the most impressive beast of all, is the Current Trends Lion with a heavy duty bicycle chain for its mane.

Cut four sheets of heavy duty aluminum foil into 8-inch squares.

Soon came the freezer bag, the heavy duty bag, the sandwich bag and the Hefty Bag.

They were all into loon pants or being heavy duty skinheads.

Many won't, but some have heavy duty machine.

The heavy duty generators, ex-Army mobile field units, roared into life when Lawton cranked the handle.

Nothing is more conducive to inducing mains spikes than heavy duty switch gear.

fine

The National Union of Mineworkers also had to pay heavy fines and suffer sequestration.

He was ordered to compensate all of the victims of the fire and pay a heavy fine .

It can also seek heavy fines on landlords who discriminate.

Those violating the law could face heavy fines .

If anyone failed to attend the muster, heavy fines and punishments could be imposed.

Many faced heavy fines and the distraint of goods.

Courts inflict heavy fines on egg thieves.

If convicted they now face heavy fines , confiscation of goods, and even imprisonment.

goods

Cars increased by 4 percent, but light vans fell by 2 percent, and heavy goods vehicles decreased by 3 percent.

Added to this is the vibration caused by heavy goods vehicles and the annoyance of air traffic suffered by all city dwellers.

The main Manchester-London line runs alongside one side of the garden, and a heavy goods line along the other.

The dock company's estimate of heavy goods vehicle traffic has proved remarkably accurate.

The number of heavy goods vehicles using the roads did not change much over the past 10 years.

Sample section headings for the mailing list of a heavy goods vehicle manufacturer.

The M 1 in Northamptonshire was designed to carry just over 8000 heavy goods vehicles a week by 1979.

hand

I had paid for but not sipped my drink when a heavy hand fell on my shoulder.

Even the remotest village councils felt their heavy hand , and the municipalities of Chambery and the other towns lost their autonomy.

Escape from the heavy hands of Patriarchy!

The novel contains a number of important historical accidents which reveal the heavy hand of the author.

Until now, he had managed that, with a heavy hand and crude peasant humour.

Out of the car, the sun was like a heavy hand .

The heavy hand roll-mower is 1¾ inches wide.

Suddenly a heavy hand whacked him in the shoulder blades.

heart

Eve had spent the day wandering around Dublin with a heavy heart .

Here is a soldier who was waiting, with a heavy heart , to suffer and die in battle.

I bowed to superior will and entered journalism with a heavy heart .

Virginia went up to her bedroom with a heavy heart , to change out of the clothes she'd worn all day.

She gave her letter to the postman with a heavy heart , wondering if she would ever see her sister again.

Many Opposition Members who will obey the three-line Whip and vote against the motion will do so with a heavy heart .

With heavy heart , fearing the worst, I felt round in the cold nest.

industry

The result - heavy industry and low value added production kept going long past its time, ineffectually, by subsidy.

For example, the predominantly agricultural South was now entirely separated from the heavy industry of the North.

And so, founded on its sure infrastructure of heavy industries , free-flowing capital and cheap labour, the machine is off.

Light industries and textiles led on to the establishment of some heavy industries.

Many of the countries in the region built their post-1997 crash recovery efforts on tech-heavy industries .

Osaka has already set the example, to provide space for the heavy industries attracted there by the huge reservoir of labour.

Industrial firms in the heavy industries tended to grow in size as the integration of manufacturing processes made further economies possible.

The latter, involving heavy industry , was made possible by the building of the railways.

load

Consumers and businesses will find it difficult to service their heavy load of debt.

Think of it-three jobs-that is a heavy load to bear.

All these men were encumbered with their heavy loads and had only automatic pistols.

As they do so, be sure they notice the weights on the crane which balance the heavy loads .

One day he collapses while pulling a heavy load .

Then she laid this heavy load on me that she was concerned about my ability to work with the team.

If you have to carry a heavy load , divide the weight between two bags.

Ants know how to carry heavy loads .

loss

If it is stored for too long in rick or barn, rats and mice can cause heavy losses .

It ended with heavy losses to the enemy and, finally, their retreat.

This time many were braced for heavy losses again.

Viruses, generally transmitted by insect vectors, cause very heavy losses in crops.

If allowed to go overripe, barley ears tend to fall off the stems, and heavy losses can occur.

They also have inflicted heavy losses with roadside bombs, often disguised to resemble rocks.

Some short-term interest rates rose by more than 1,000 %, and there were heavy losses on the Istanbul stock exchange.

There is very little market in them - existing holders can sell only at a heavy loss .

machinery

Komatsu, which makes heavy machinery , is integrating its research system with that of its suppliers.

Afterward, you can still drive and operate heavy machinery .

The stolid chugging, the intense revving of big diesels, the bass throb: it all signalled heavy machinery at work.

There was quite an array of heavy machinery in sight, but none close enough to be a plausible source of accident.

Patterns made in fields by the tracks of heavy machinery also frequently resemble patterns associated with archaeological remains.

The steady hum of the drilling rigs and the rough growls of heavy machinery moving on the road smear the coastal quiet.

This, and the sound of heavy machinery passing underneath the window, kept me tossing and turning.

Hall of Power - a range of engines and heavy machinery , most of which are in working order and operated daily.

metal

Some contamination by heavy metals was detected, notably in the industrial areas of Fife, and also more widely by tin.

Ironing was a business of lifting heavy metal weights heated on the stove top.

The most successful title of this type is the heavy metal bible, Kerrang.

The method is particularly appropriate for assaying heavy metals such as lead in blood. 33-36.

Daeve Pope would have been in heavy metal heaven.

And there's a chance too for more heavy metal rocking when Iron Maiden play Belfast tomorrow night.

The build-up of heavy metals in coastal areas has reached critical levels.

They wake, they row; not to the morning bells, but a different kind of heavy metal .

penalty

It is important therefore to build into the existing legal disincentives a heavy penalty to compensate for the difficulty of detection.

There were heavy penalties for anyone who continued to buy and sell outside the prescribed times.

This is a matter which can not be too carefully watched since failure to comply renders the member liable to heavy penalties .

If a member did so there was a heavy penalty .

They resented the Forest law which forbade them to hunt over their own lands and woods on pain of heavy penalties .

pressure

Outside, there was arm-twisting and heavy pressure as the Tory whips rounded on potential rebels.

Grant arrived on the battlefield to find the Federals under heavy pressure all along their front.

However, she is under heavy pressure to accept cuts of £2 billion.

Managed-care companies that had kept prices low to attract new customers are under heavy pressure to increase earnings.

I say again what I said before business questions, namely, that there is heavy pressure on the next two debates.

San Diego collected four sacks and put heavy pressure on Hostetler throughout the game.

Newcastle, however, refused to lie down and put Ipswich under heavy pressure in the last 10 minutes.

The heavy pressure of the pen made each line appear engraved.

price

Its people now pay a heavy price for the loss of their forests.

We are now coming to see that economic globalization has come at a heavy price .

There is a heavy price to be paid for breaking the mould.

Although Mitterrand escaped personally unscathed, his party paid a heavy price .

It could be that they are paying a heavy price today for trusting what the politicians told them yesterday.

Yet things have a way of evening ut, and I paid a heavy price for my hypocrisy.

They belonged without doubt to the successful minority, but a heavy price had been paid by most of them.

Sometimes this seems almost to rebuke me, to be a heavy price to pay for a simple preference of male anatomy.

rain

But when water levels rise, after heavy rain , the caves flood, bringing water into contact with the pollutants.

A baby carriage was overturned, and a heavy rain of black ash descended for a long while afterward.

It was believed that the accident happened as an indirect result of heavy rain and snow storms in the city.

The heavy rains left puddles in the center circle and in the corners.

And heavy rain , at this period of the siege, was something that the garrison could have well done without.

The potential for heavy rain , along with strong to severe storms, exists tonight across the entire region.

Read in studio Farmers say that this month's heavy rain has stopped them harvesting much of their wheat.

Just after midnight Wade woke to a heavy rain .

reliance

Also, heavy reliance upon one client is not without risk when building up a practice.

In the beginning Stax and Motown shared a heavy reliance on the cooperation of black radio to build audiences.

The very narrow tax base meant continued heavy reliance on massive borrowings and indirect taxes.

sea

Really heavy seas can force cancellation of services.

Colored flags flapped in a heavy sea wind.

What I did was to teeter from side to side like a tall mast on a small ship in a heavy sea .

It would be much worse when we were in a heavy sea , when the entire cabin could flood.

In May at least 20 were reported drowned in a similar incident in heavy seas .

He treads water in heavy seas , yelling to search planes overhead.

In the echoing corridors the booming of the heavy sea formed a constant background.

smoker

Mrs R. was a heavy smoker , and this was a fire hazard.

Occasionally, saturations of greater than 20 percent have been reported in heavy smokers . 402.

At this age, heavy smokers have 10 to 15 times the rate of fatal heart attacks of nonsmokers.

Head and neck cancer affects about 500,000 people worldwide each year, mainly heavy smokers and drinkers.

Cigarette smoking can double our risk of dying from a heart attack and heavy smokers are even more likely to die young.

Another effect of the job was that I'd become a heavy smoker .

The children born to heavy smokers are on average 200 grams lighter than those who do not.

I remember both as heavy smokers .

snow

However, there had been very heavy snow and the farm was snowed in.

Shrubs and trees deserve a look after a heavy snow .

A test of faith at school when I was seven; an aerial photograph of mountain tops under heavy snow .

For the most part, however, Boston in a heavy snow was skiers' Eden.

In Towacho, where unusually heavy snow fell recently, Towa High School was the venue for the course.

Though snow-covered topiary looks fantastical, heavy snow should be removed with a rake or broom.

The floods, combined with heavy snow , produced 300 calls for help to the police.

The Staffs-Worcs Canal was frozen but heavy snow in the car parks made access impossible.

snowfall

There were heavy snowfalls in areas which never expect to see such wintry conditions.

This occurs in cold climates that have heavy snowfalls during the winter.

Donald Peterson said at a Pentagon news briefing as heavy snowfall continued to hamper search and rescue efforts near Vail, Colo.

It was a heavy snowfall and by morning even the most prominent landmark was disguised beneath a thick covering of snow.

In the exceptionally heavy snowfalls of 1940 and 1981, several trams were stranded and the service suspended for several days.

Initially scheduled for Basingstoke on February 9, the trial was postponed when heavy snowfalls made travel absolutely impossible for many athletes.

He began his planning in January but found practice curtailed two weeks ago by a heavy snowfall .

traffic

On a day of heavy traffic it could take an hour.

Bright flash in the sky, the way the aircraft lurched forward like a car Jolted in heavy traffic .

In areas of heavy traffic , like halls and stairs, it's best to lay a good quality, hardwearing carpet.

Drive own limo to experience heavy traffic .

The worst fears of the residents were realised as the port was an immediate commercial success and heavy traffic quickly built up.

He could hear the rumble of heavy traffic only a few kilometres away.

The physical effort required in speaking would also be less than against a background noise of heavy traffic .

Although it had almost stopped raining, there was heavy traffic on the road and he soon turned back.

weather

The ship suffered damage due to heavy weather conditions.

That was the first part of our dilemma: the heavy weather was shaking Hsu Fu to pieces.

So it is not surprising that adolescents sometimes make heavy weather of the whole process.

Some, of course, we had lost in our first bout of heavy weather when leaving Shimoda.

It may be asked why psychiatry has made such heavy weather of coming round to that view.

The 4 tries were good enough, but in between, the cherry and whites made heavy weather of the game.

Although William could understand this, he found Arnold's company fairly heavy weather .

Some publishers are making heavy weather of 1992.

weight

Monks tied the locket to a heavy weight and dropped it into the water.

Both heavy weights and light weights have slow and fast oscillations.

Marlene woke to the sound of a heavy weight being dragged across the floor.

I combine cardiovascular and muscular workouts with moderate to heavy weights , a lot of repetitions and no rest in between sets.

If you lift heavy weights and you lift in the wrong way, you can obviously do yourself damage.

Steeped again in current events and the heavy weight of the world, I felt my memory grow fuzzy.

Lifting very heavy weights can also raise your blood pressure considerably for a short time.

The only sensation was of a heavy weight pressing down on his back.

work

Sledgehammers were usually wielded by the apprentice; it was hot and heavy work .

It becomes heavy work to distract Harriet from brooding about lost Elton.

It was hot and heavy work .

But, around these parts, big trucks usually are purchased for heavy work by tradespeople.

Female speaker Women should never have done such heavy work .

Polycotton is more acceptable and smart, for light duties, but for heavy work 100 percent cotton is the most suitable.

A large number are incapable of heavy work , and have given up their farms.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

be heavy/great with child

But my wife is great with child !

exact a high/heavy price

heavy going

Although she usually got on well with children, she found Hilary heavy going .

Eoin Young's Diary is heavy going .

He reports that a trip to Catterick Camp to set up rope ladders on the assault course was heavy going .

Like the writing of all books there are times of great enthusiasm, of heavy going and quite often real blockage.

Mwangaza was dull and heavy going .

Postnikova also manages to present in its possible light Tchaikovsky's Sonata, which is distinctly heavy going .

The findings indicate why groups such as the Pearl are finding it heavy going in their core business activity.

The resulting interview was heavy going for both of them.

lie heavy on sb

The duties of leadership lay heavy on him.

Smoke lay heavy on the far side of the water, laced eerily with threads of light from the blaze.

The river, swollen and bloated, lay heavy on the sunken fields.

make heavy/hard work of sth

She was making hard work of plucking the goose.

You can make hard work of an easy job if you don't know the right way to go.

on the small/high/heavy etc side

Also on the small side is the 14-gallon fuel tank.

Both versions have the same size fuel tank, which, at 14. 5 gallons, is on the small side .

Burned by that experience, chip forecasters prepared their 1996 forecasts on the high side .

For political reasons, these estimates are on the high side .

The bedrooms, though on the small side , have recently been completed refurbished in sophisticated style.

The clams and mussels-four of each-are on the small side , but flavorful.

The little one's a bit on the small side .

The only complaint we had with the shoe was the weight - it's on the heavy side .

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

heavy bread

heavy cream

heavy manual work

a heavy discussion

a heavy fragrance

a large, heavy -featured woman

After a heavy lunch my father fell asleep almost immediately.

Brian's gotten very heavy since we last saw him.

Companies that continue to cause pollution will now face heavy fines.

He wore a heavy jacket and a wool ski hat.

Heat the oil in a large, heavy saucepan.

His first wife Joy was a heavy smoker who died of lung cancer.

It was a fierce battle, and losses on both sides were heavy .

It was a pretty heavy scene.

My hiking boots are too heavy .

She didn't want things to get too heavy at such an early stage in their relationship.

She has a bad cough, caused by heavy smoking.

Some people find wholemeal bread too heavy .

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

In the beginning Stax and Motown shared a heavy reliance on the cooperation of black radio to build audiences.

Mr. Mason, who was Chief Engineer to both the electricity and tramway departments, claimed and received heavy compensation for severance.

She patrolled the aisles like a gaoler and woe betide you if that heavy tread stopped at your desk.

Still, some snakes prefer spots under rusty metal and heavy rocks.

Their sheer bulk in the heavy clothing made the people look like beasts.

There was still a heavy roll of musketry to our left, and some sharp firing on our right.

They were heavy , as he knew from the numbing pain in his shin.

We gaze at one another despite the effort of heavy lids, our nodding heads, until the lull of sleep defeats.

II. noun

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

exact a high/heavy price

heavy going

Although she usually got on well with children, she found Hilary heavy going .

Eoin Young's Diary is heavy going .

He reports that a trip to Catterick Camp to set up rope ladders on the assault course was heavy going .

Like the writing of all books there are times of great enthusiasm, of heavy going and quite often real blockage.

Mwangaza was dull and heavy going .

Postnikova also manages to present in its possible light Tchaikovsky's Sonata, which is distinctly heavy going .

The findings indicate why groups such as the Pearl are finding it heavy going in their core business activity.

The resulting interview was heavy going for both of them.

lie heavy on sb

The duties of leadership lay heavy on him.

Smoke lay heavy on the far side of the water, laced eerily with threads of light from the blaze.

The river, swollen and bloated, lay heavy on the sunken fields.

make heavy/hard work of sth

She was making hard work of plucking the goose.

You can make hard work of an easy job if you don't know the right way to go.

on the small/high/heavy etc side

Also on the small side is the 14-gallon fuel tank.

Both versions have the same size fuel tank, which, at 14. 5 gallons, is on the small side .

Burned by that experience, chip forecasters prepared their 1996 forecasts on the high side .

For political reasons, these estimates are on the high side .

The bedrooms, though on the small side , have recently been completed refurbished in sophisticated style.

The clams and mussels-four of each-are on the small side , but flavorful.

The little one's a bit on the small side .

The only complaint we had with the shoe was the weight - it's on the heavy side .

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

Being Latin, I play a lot of heavies.

Of course, we realize there are no heavies at all.

Only two questions remained unanswered - the puzzling absence of any sect heavies and Grant's worrying non-return.

Some were converting from the heavies such as the Lincoln and Washington, others from the recce and light bomber Mosquito squadrons.

The heavies will want everybody asleep, including me.

The real heavies of the piece, the lawyers, offer him deals.

The third was to contain the sect heavies, once they had been overpowered and captured.

With two rooms used up holding the heavies, the bedroom's all that is left.

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