heavy lifting

noun

Definition of heavy lifting 

: a burdensome or laborious duty

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Fellow Russian linemate Evgeny Kuznetsov and goaltender Braden Holtby certainly did some heavy lifting of their own. W.g. Ramirez, baltimoresun.com, "Kuznetsov, Holtby prove just as valuable as Conn Smythe winner Ovechkin for Cup-winning Capitals," 8 June 2018 By the end, Harden (25 points, 12 assists) and Gordon (25 points on eight of 13 shooting) had done the heaviest lifting. Sam Amick, USA TODAY, "Best team on the planet? Rockets back in top form in Game 3 rout of Jazz," 5 May 2018 By John Sleezer | Sam Mellinger | Sam McDowell Keller did the heavy lifting before Kevin McCarthy and Wily Peralta supplied support in the eighth and ninth. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "Brad Keller's best outing of rookie year provides Royals a respite from brutal June," 25 June 2018 This is the sort of show that needs a respected character actor or two in their 50s and 60s to do emotional heavy lifting and the cast looks really, really, really thin. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "NBCUniversal's New Show Trailers: A Critic's Ranking," 14 May 2018 The four Tigers who figure to be drafted the highest in this month's NFL Draft set April 26-27-28 in Arlington's AT&T Stadium, did little or no heavy lifting. Ron Higgins, NOLA.com, "LSU's Pro Day was considerably more sedate than last year's event," 4 Apr. 2018 Barring a trade for Kawhi Leonard or another veteran star, the Sixers’ heavy lifting would appear to be done. David Murphy, Philly.com, "Sixers might look the same, but potential for improvement is huge | David Murphy," 6 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of heavy lifting

1980, in the meaning defined above

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