carry water

carry (someone's) water

To be subservient to and uncritical of someone; to do someone's bidding. The dictator made sure to surround himself with those who would eagerly carry his water. I hate my job. I have to carry my boss's water or risk getting fired!
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carry water for (someone)

1. To serve, assist, or perform menial or difficult tasks for some person, group, or organization. Internships are a great way to gain practical work experience, but you'll be the one carrying water for the company while you're there. Immigrant workers are most often the ones who carry water for farm owners and construction firms.
2. To support a person, organization, or cause that one would not in reality endorse, as due to pressure, force, or pragmatic reasons. Once elected to congress, I soon realized that you must carry water for many groups that run contrary to your own personal politics. Though I personally found him repugnant, I carried water for him for two years because I thought it would open up many career opportunities.
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carry (someone's) water

To support someone, especially in an submissive or uncritical manner.
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References in classic literature ?
And, so saying, she set the girl down to spin yarn, and she gave the boy a sieve in which to carry water from the well, and she herself went out into the wood.
So the girl set out to look for the cat, and, as she was hunting about, she met her brother, in great trouble because he could not carry water from the well in a sieve, as it came pouring out as fast as he put it in.
But about the wicked there is another strain; they bury them in a slough in Hades, and make them carry water in a sieve; also while they are yet living they bring them to infamy, and inflict upon them the punishments which Glaucon described as the portion of the just who are reputed to be unjust; nothing else does their invention supply.
He was not fit to carry water for her - he knew that; it was a miracle of luck and a fantastic stroke that had enabled him to see her and be with her and talk with her that night.
If she only had some little receptacle in which to carry water, even a small amount would tide her over until the following night; but she had nothing and so she must content herself as best she could with the juices of the fruit and tubers she had gathered.
The delegation was briefed on the project's mechanism action, which included the installation of pumps, pipes to carry water and maintenance of the network.
Tenders are invited for Supply Of Tyre Mounted Mobile Water Sprinkler To Carry Water Of 28000 Litres, (Qty-01 No ), As Replacement Requirement Covered Under Ncd For Gevra Oc Expansion Project Of Secl
SOON after rejecting the assistance from the Centre for the drought- hit Bundelkand region of Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sought a ` 11,000 crore package to buy 10,000 tankers, which will carry water to parched areas of the state.
The first little monk fell into the well when he helped his master to carry water.
The pipes carry water from Llyn Cowlyd down to Bryn Cowlyd water treatment works in Dolgarrog which feeds clean water to 44,000 homes in Llandudno, Colwyn Bay and the surrounding area.
Officials in Indonesia are using trained elephants to carry water pumps and other equipments to help patrol burned areas in the national forest to ensure that fires don't reappear after smoldering beneath the peat lands.
A It's always a good idea to carry water with you, particularly if you're over 60, because we become less sensitive to thirst as we grow older.
Every one of the individual's mission is to carry water to put off this fire, not only ours.
We are urging pet owners to carry water and detergents so that they can clean up after their dogs.
Construction of a pipeline to carry water from the Disi Water Conveyance Project in Jordan to the north of the country will begin in the middle of next year.