carry the weight of the world on one's shoulders

Definition of carry the weight of the world on one's shoulders

:to feel much pressure because one has great responsibilities

Word by Word Definitions

carry play
  1. : to move while supporting : transport

  2. : to convey by direct communication

  3. : conduct, escort

  1. : carrying power

  2. : portage

  3. : the act or method of carrying

weight play
  1. : the amount that a thing weighs

  2. : the standard or established amount that a thing should weigh

  3. : one of the classes into which contestants in a sports event are divided according to body weight

  1. : to oppress with a burden

  2. : to load or make heavy with or as if with a weight

  3. : to increase in heaviness by adding an ingredient

world play
  1. : the earthly state of human existence

  2. : life after death

  3. : the earth with its inhabitants and all things upon it

  1. : of or relating to the world

  2. : extending or found throughout the world : worldwide

  3. : involving or applying to part of or the whole world

shoulder play shoulders
  1. : the laterally projecting part of the human body formed of the bones and joints with their covering tissue by which the arm is connected with the trunk

  2. : the region of the body of nonhuman vertebrates that corresponds to the shoulder but is less projecting

  3. : the two shoulders and the upper part of the back

  1. : to push or thrust with or as if with the shoulder : jostle

  2. : to place or bear on the shoulder

  3. : to assume the burden or responsibility of


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