carry the weight of the world on (one's) shoulders

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carry the weight of the world on (one's) shoulders

To act or appear as if one is struggling with an immense or particularly worrisome burden or responsibility. Have you seen Mike lately? It looks like he's carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. You need to learn to ask for help when things become overwhelming instead of trying to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders all the time.
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carry the weight of the world on one's shoulders

Fig. to appear or behave as if burdened by all the problems in the whole world. Look at Tom. He appears to be carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. Cheer up, Tom! You don't need to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders.
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carry the weight of the world on your shoulders

If you carry the weight of the world on your shoulders, you suffer because you feel you have too many problems or responsibilities. He was only 18 but he carried the weight of the world on his shoulders. You look as if you're carrying the weight of the world on those lovely shoulders. Note: Other verbs, such as have are sometimes used instead of carry. His body language suggests he has the weight of the world on his shoulders. Note: You can also say that someone looks as if the weight of the world has been lifted off their shoulders, when they suddenly stop looking worried and look happy. I told him the good news and he looked as if the weight of the world had been lifted off his shoulders. Note: This expression may be a reference to Atlas, a giant in Greek mythology, who was punished by Zeus by being made to carry the heavens on his shoulders, and who is often portrayed with the world on his back.
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