to pull your own weight

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - pull your weight

"to pull your own weight"

to contribute your rightful share of work to a project or job


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - pull your weight

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Leo never seems to do his fair share of the work around here. He only does the minimum amount of work necessary to justify his position.

Colleague 2:  Do you want me to talk with him about pulling his own weight?

Colleague 1:  I think that is a good idea. Maybe you can encourage Leo to work a little harder. He really should put as much effort into the work as the rest of the team.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - pull your weight

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Is that your son out there mowing the lawn?

Friend 2:  It is.

Friend 1:  But he's only ten years old right?

Friend 2:  Yes. But he is old enough to mow the lawn and everyone pulls their own weight around the house. Even six year-old Jenny is responsible for tidying her room. I refuse to be the one who does all the work in the home.

to pull your own weight - Usage:


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to pull your own weight - Gerund Form:

Pulling your own weight around the office helps ensure you keep your job.

to pull your own weight - Examples:

1)  Clearly these guys are pulling their own weight. Beyond that there are a lot players not doing their share.

2)  ... accountability and clarity -- in a small group, no one can avoid pulling their own weight and no one can claim they don't know what the goal is.

3)  I had to speak to a member of my department for 'not pulling their own weight'. They were not contributing to the pool of resources that myself and others ...

4)  ... would actually consider renegotiating contracts with highly compensated employees no longer pulling their own weight.

5)  ... in time and money, to dispense with workers who are not pulling their own weight, while not doing anything so bad as to justify summary dismissal.

6)  ... to be shared and make it clear that everyone will be expected to pull their own weight.

7)  ... to understand that as a part of a family, everyone has to pull their own weight. Even Sam has chores (he has to tidy the living room with his ...

8)  ... able to care for their own aged parents and men being able to pull their own weight with the laundry and the school runs and cleaning the bathroom.

9)  ... tell Joe that he isn't pulling his own weight and it's not fair to the rest of the team.

10)  There was one time when one of my colleagues was not pulling his own weight, nor was he being at all cooperative with other members of our team.

11)  ... life has become much harder, and your irresponsible man is not pulling his own weight at all. I can understand why you want to leave him.

12)  Hopefully he is not just suggesting you don't pull your own weight because your work is home based.

13)  Although it's important to pull your own weight, it's also very important to not take too much. Spreading yourself too ...

14)  ... worked to get by. If you were able, but didn't pull your own weight, the tribe would likely move camp in the middle of the night leaving you ...

15)  I would be embarrassed if I didn't feel I was pulling my own weight.

16)  ... was having problems getting into work. I felt I was no longer pulling my own weight. I felt very guilty and more than washed-up.

17)  ... for letting the others we work with down, for not pulling our own weight.

18)  By continuing to allow this lamentable lack of progress we are simply not pulling our own weight in this area and risk severely hampering the opportunities for the next generation.

19)  ... to minimise your income tax payments to the point where you're not pulling your own weight as a taxpayer.

20)  People can see if you are not pulling your own weight or you are not doing the right thing.