Heavy lifting

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Heavy lifting - what does that make you think of? Strength? Muscles? Hard work?

While it's true that heavy lifting requires physical effort, we use this idiomatic expression in everyday English to mean serious or difficult work, something that is not physically demanding but more mentally demanding. It’s an action or activity requiring the most effort, resources, or consideration.

- Lawrence doesn’t like the team environment at his office because he usually does most of the "heavy lifting".
- Elizabeth did all the "heavy lifting" while in Paris because her friends didn’t speak French.
- Although Andrew did all the "heavy lifting" for the project, his boss accepted all the praise.

With this expression you don’t have to be strong to do heavy lifting, but it’s not a desireable situation in any case.

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