pull (one's) weight


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pull (one's) weight

To contribute to a group activity or project. If you don't pull your weight, our presentation will never be finished on time.
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pull one's weight

Also, pull one's own weight. Do one's share, as in We have a small organization, so we all must pull our own weight. This term comes from rowing, where each crew member must pull on an oar at least enough to propel himself or herself. Its figurative use dates from about 1900.
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pull your weight

COMMON If you pull your weight, you work as hard as everyone else who is involved in the same task or activity. We cannot afford to carry members who are not pulling their weight. I felt that John wasn't pulling his weight around the house and asked him to do a bit more of the cleaning. Socialism is about everyone being given a chance to pull their weight and get a fair reward for what they do.
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pull (one's) weight

To do one's own share, as of work.
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