Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

pull (your) weight

pull your weight
Meaning(s)
1) do your fair share of work
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • to succeed, everyone needs to pull their weight
  • Analysis

    To ask someone to pull their weight is to request them to shoulder a burden or take responsibility for an equal share of work or obligations. This is an idiom used in both social and professional contexts.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Alice accused Carol of not pulling her weight around the house because she rarely did her share of the cleaning or shopping.
    2. I am paying the majority of the rent and the bills. I feel like I'm pulling my weight more than anyone else in this house.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. In the past, Gary always pulled his weight on any given task, but recently he has not been contributing much. I don't think he's enjoying the job anymore.
    2. If we are to have any chance of finishing this project before the deadline, I need everyone on the team to pull their weight! We cannot afford to carry any passengers. 
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