pull (your) weight

Meaning(s)

1. do your fair share of work

Popularity

High

Professional

High

Social

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to succeed, everyone needs to pull their weight

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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.

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  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.

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  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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