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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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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.
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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]
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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.
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pump iron

exercise with weights. informal
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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.
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pump iron

verb
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pump (some) iron

tv. to lift weights. Andy went down to the gym to pump some iron.
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pump iron

Sports
To lift weights.
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Instead, the couple pounded treadmills, did some crunches and pumped some iron in the gym near their LA hotel.
Scot Butler plays Leonidas with real lusty passion, and boy has he pumped some iron to get into shape.