pump (some) iron

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pump (some) iron

To lift weights (to improve one's body shape or increase one's muscle mass). My brother-in-law is obsessed with pumping iron and getting huge biceps. I'm going to gym after work to pump some iron.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

pump (some) iron

Sl. to lift weights for exercise. Andy went down to the gym to pump some iron. Mary's hobbies are pumping iron and running.
See also: iron, pump
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

pump iron

Lift weights, as in She's started pumping iron three times a week. This idiom was born with the late-20th-century stress on physical fitness. [Second half of 1900s]
See also: iron, pump
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.

pump iron

If someone pumps iron, they lift heavy weights for exercise. Unlike Richard, I hadn't spent hours pumping iron and running on the treadmill.
See also: iron, pump
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

pump iron

exercise with weights. informal
See also: iron, pump
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

pump ˈiron

(informal) do exercises in which you lift heavy weights in order to strengthen your muscles: I should take more exercise, but I’m not interested in pumping iron at the local gym three evenings a week.
See also: iron, pump
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

pump iron

verb
See also: iron, pump

pump (some) iron

tv. to lift weights. Andy went down to the gym to pump some iron.
See also: iron, pump
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

pump iron

Sports
To lift weights.
See also: iron, pump
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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