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heavy lifting

noun, Informal.
hard work:
A team of researchers did the heavy lifting for the author. Unabridged
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heavy lifting

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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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