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Do you think me of little worth, do I live in a tree,

I have a theory on the earth, are you on something me,

Not the nicest thing to speak when you describe a friend,

Could I make a lighter load or might that break or bend,

And without me, a victory is said to be much sweeter,

But with a point I'm deadlier, and maybe even neater.

What am I?

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My guess is

Hollow

Do you think me of little worth,

Hollow can be a synonym for worthless as in "hollow victory"

do I live in a tree,

A tree hollow is a cavity in a tree which may provide a habitat for animals.

I have a theory on the earth, are you on something me,

Hollow Earth Theory. Are you on something hollow?

Not the nicest thing to speak when you describe a friend,

Hollow can mean insincere as in a "hollow compliment".

Could I make a lighter load

To hollow out is to make a hole in something which would make a lighter load.

or might that break or bend,

Having a hole in something might break it. Also a hollow can refer to a concavity or depression which would appear as a bend.

And without me, a victory is said to be much sweeter,

A hollow victory is a victory that inflicts such a heavy toll on the victor as to not be sweet at all.

But with a point I'm deadlier, and maybe even neater.

Hollow-point bullets are designed to increase in diameter once within a target making them extremely deadly but also superficially neat.

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  • $\begingroup$ Oh, well played! $\endgroup$ – Paul Beckingham Jun 5 '16 at 22:57
  • $\begingroup$ Promise could have been compliment for a slightly better fit, but As Paul said, "Well played!" Great descriptions too. :) +1 $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Jun 6 '16 at 6:23

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