heavy lifting

noun

Definition of heavy lifting 

: a burdensome or laborious duty

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With so much heavy lifting ahead and so much of the tedious grind to endure, that collective positive energy and the buy-in will be critical. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "After an energized offseason, what are the Bears' expectations in 2018?," 14 June 2018 Your kids are old enough to do some of the heavy lifting of volunteer work. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "100 things to do with your kids (from babies to teenagers) in the summer in Milwaukee," 21 May 2018 This time, executives have handed her the keys to the kingdom from the get-go, clearly hoping the name alone would do most of the heavy lifting ratings-wise. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Roseanne' revival offers more nostalgia than laughs," 27 Mar. 2018 The conventional wisdom that Colangelo cannot possibly survive this hit to his reputation does not take into account the possibility that much of the heavy lifting has already been done. David Murphy, Philly.com, "On Bryan Colangelo, the one certainty for the Sixers is they have to move fast | David Murphy," 31 May 2018 While some of Mesh Integration's neighboring startups sport flashier product displays, Mesh's customized software is doing some heavy lifting behind the scenes in the United States and across Europe. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter, cleveland.com, "Akron's Mesh Integration helps businesses streamline processes, comply with General Data Protection Regulation (video)," 19 Apr. 2018 Her daughter and friends from her work came out to help with the repairs, but with trying to work and with some heavy lifting, they were overwhelmed with the project. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Rotarians offer helping hand to Harvey victim in Dayton," 28 Mar. 2018 In the meantime, a few of the young players, feeling less heat because the two vets can do the heavier lifting, evolve into helpful big leaguers. Tom Krasovic, sandiegouniontribune.com, "With big salaries coming, Wil Myers getting on track would be big for Padres," 20 June 2018 Sterling had the heavy lifting, literally and figuratively. Tom Philip, GQ, "In Hotel Artemis, Brian Tyree Henry and Sterling K. Brown Are Brothers Until the End," 7 June 2018

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1980, in the meaning defined above

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