pull one's weight

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Verb1.pull one's weight - do one's share in a common task; "Bob has never pulled his weight, and we all have to work harder to make up for his laziness"
work - exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity; "I will work hard to improve my grades"; "she worked hard for better living conditions for the poor"
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(pul) verb
1. to (try to) move something especially towards oneself usually by using force. He pulled the chair towards the fire; She pulled at the door but couldn't open it; He kept pulling the girls' hair for fun; Help me to pull my boots off; This railway engine can pull twelve carriages.
2. (with at or on) in eg smoking, to suck at. He pulled at his cigarette.
3. to row. He pulled towards the shore.
4. (of a driver or vehicle) to steer or move in a certain direction. The car pulled in at the garage; I pulled into the side of the road; The train pulled out of the station; The motorbike pulled out to overtake; He pulled off the road.
1. an act of pulling. I felt a pull at my sleeve; He took a pull at his beer/pipe.
2. a pulling or attracting force. magnetic pull; the pull (=attraction) of the sea.
3. influence. He thinks he has some pull with the headmaster.
pull apart / to pieces
to tear or destroy completely by pulling.
pull down
to destroy or demolish (buildings).
pull a face / faces (at)
to make strange expressions with the face eg to show disgust, or to amuse. The children were pulling faces at each other; He pulled a face when he smelt the fish.
pull a gun etc on
to produce and aim a gun etc at (a person).
pull off
to succeed in doing. He's finally pulled it off!
pull on
to put on (a piece of clothing) hastily. She pulled on a sweater.
pull oneself together
to control oneself; to regain one's self-control. At first she was terrified, then she pulled herself together.
pull through
to (help to) survive an illness etc. He is very ill, but he'll pull through; The expert medical treatment pulled him through.
pull up
(of a driver or vehicle) to stop. He pulled up at the traffic lights.
pull one's weight
to take one's fair share of work, duty etc.
pull someone's legleg
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The willingness to share chores and pull one's weight is essential.