heavy lifting


Definition of heavy lifting

: a burdensome or laborious duty

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The big robot arm at the space station took care of the heavy lifting in advance, removing the old batteries and placing the new ones in the empty slots earlier this week. Marcia Dunn, The Seattle Times, "Spacewalking astronauts install better station batteries," 3 Apr. 2019 The short answer: An active is the active ingredient in a product that's doing the heavy lifting of addressing whatever skin concern it's meant to target. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "What Exactly Are 'Actives' in Skin-Care Products?," 8 Mar. 2019 The tiny populations of kakapo can’t do all the heavy lifting on their own, and so the demise of the birds has important implications for the forests. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "DNA from the poop of extinct four-meter-tall birds reveals lost ecosystem," 15 Feb. 2018 Central banks did most of the heavy lifting in steering the global economy out of the sharp slowdown that accompanied the financial crisis. Paul Hannon, WSJ, "With Central Banks Out of Ammo, Governments Urged to Ready Stimulus for Next Downturn," 21 Nov. 2018 While the cameras might get all of the attention on the Nokia 9, the heavy lifting is done by the Snapdragon 845 processor. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Nokia 9 PureView hands-on: All of the cameras and none of the gimmicks," 24 Feb. 2019 Watch the video above to see how Toledo and Geller accomplished a living room makeover without major expense, just a bit of (literal) heavy lifting. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Next Wave Duo Toledo Geller Shows How Moving Furniture Can Totally Transform A Room," 24 Jan. 2019 That heavy lifting would most likely take the form of more hawkish commentary from Fed officials than investors are prepared for. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "Fed Will Be the Bearer of Bad News," 2 Jan. 2019 So join the media where the only heavy lifting is a microphone and your ego. Fox News, "Gutfeld: The more you damn Donald Trump, the better he gets," 12 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of heavy lifting

1980, in the meaning defined above

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