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Difference between Carry one’s weight and Carry weight

carry one’s weight—do one’s share of the work:

  • We can rearrange our workload anyway we want. Bottom line—we are all going to have to carry our weight.

Cf.: carry the weight of the world on one’s shoulders—be burdened with too many problems:

  • He carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. That’s bound to get a guy down, no matter how strong he is.

carry weightbe respected and have influence:

  • I don’t carry much weight around here, but Walter does.

See also: carry a load / carry the load.