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heavy lifting

noun, Informal.
1.
hard work:
A team of researchers did the heavy lifting for the author.
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  • The querulous tyrannies of the invalid relieved her; but the heavy lifting of her chest returned the moment she was alone.

    Sandra Belloni, Complete George Meredith
  • He had been porter in a store, but the heavy lifting made him cough.

    A Little Girl in Old Salem Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • It must not be supposed that, although the engine did all the heavy lifting, the men had merely to stand by and look on.

  • There is no help needed; no heavy lifting and carrying of hives to and from the tree.

    Bee Hunting John Ready Lockard
  • Weight lifting is competing, like you have in the Olympics, which is heavy lifting.

    Warren Commission (10 of 26): Hearings Vol. X (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Slang definitions & phrases for heavy lifting

heavy lifting

noun phrase

The hardest work: Baker reckons that he has done most of the heavy lifting, whereas it is his friend who got first prize/ It's going to be some really heavy lifting (1990s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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