- A mere makeweight at best. - "Leading Articles on Various Subjects", Hugh Miller.
- All that was eaten afterwards was literally, with them, pure makeweight, though they kept a hungry look to the last. - "Recollections of Europe", J. Fenimore Cooper.
- More than a million votes, nearly nine per cent of the total, were cast for the Populist candidates in this election- a record for a third party the year after its birth, and one exceeded only by that of the Republican party when it appeared for the first time in the national arena in 1856. Twenty- two electoral votes added point to the showing, for hitherto, since 1860, third- party votes had been so scattered that they had affected the choice of President only as a makeweight between other parties in closely contested States. - "The Agrarian Crusade A Chronicle of the Farmer in Politics", Solon J. Buck.