pull (one's) weight

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pull (one's) weight

To contribute to a group activity or project in proportion to one's abilities or role. If you don't pull your weight, our presentation will never be finished on time.
See also: pull, weight
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: pull, weight
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.
See also: pull, weight
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

pull your weight

do your fair share of work.
See also: pull, weight
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

pull your ˈweight

do your fair share of the work: If everyone pulls their weight we’re going to win this prize with no trouble at all.She’s annoyed because she feels that certain people are not pulling their weight.
See also: pull, weight
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

pull (one's) weight

To do one's own share, as of work.
See also: pull, weight
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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