pull (one's) own weight(redirected from they pulled their own weight)
pull (one's) own weight
To contribute to a group activity or project in proportion to one's abilities or role. If you don't pull your own weight, our presentation will never be finished on time.
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pull one's (own) weight, to
To do one’s share of the work. This term comes from rowing, where each member of a crew must pull on an oar at least hard enough to propel his or her own weight. The term was used figuratively from about 1900 on. In a 1902 speech, Theodore Roosevelt said, “The first requisite of a good citizen . . . is that he shall be able and willing to pull his weight.”
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