heavy lifting


Definition of heavy lifting

: a burdensome or laborious duty

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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 Forced to divide his time in the engine room as well as doing his duties on the deck, the four guys stuck doing all the heavy lifting can’t help but gripe about the fact that Tony isn’t pulling his weight, despite what’s going on below deck. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "'Deadliest Catch' Season 14, Episode 14 recap: Tensions rise as crews members misbehave," 10 July 2018 On top of that, other smart home gadgets like a Nest doorbell, August Smart Lock, and Roomba do most of the heavy lifting when Kevin has to protect his house from the Wet Bandits. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "This Is What 'Home Alone' Would Be Like If Kevin McCallister Had A Google Home," 19 Dec. 2018 The film’s aesthetics and production design do a lot of the heavy lifting in that regard. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Prospect is a stylish science fiction movie that puts world building first," 31 Oct. 2018 Yet, despite all of the delicious spectacle and heavy lifting by American treasure Sarah Paulson playing multiple characters, the episode capped off season that ultimately felt a little disposable. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "American Horror Story: Apocalypse was somehow both absolutely nuts and largely forgettable," 18 Nov. 2018 The space tug would do most of heavy lifting, pushing the lander away from its Gateway harbor toward the lowest possible lunar orbit, where the descent stage would then take over braking maneuvers. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, "NASA’s Return to the Moon Could Include a Reusable Lunar Lander," 23 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of heavy lifting

1980, in the meaning defined above

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