List of idioms with the word “Carry” and the meanings. Idioms about “Carry” and expressions.
Carry a torch (for someone):
to be in love with someone, usually someone who does not love in return
1. Why don’t you find a new boyfriend? Don’t spend your life carrying a torch for someone who doesn’t love you anymore.
2. Sara will never remarry. She will always carry a torch for Henry.
The expression suggests that love is a flame in the heart.
Carry the ball:
to take on work or responsibility in order to keep a project moving forward
1. We need more people to help get this work done on time. Are you going to sit there and do nothing or are you going to help carry the ball?
2. The people in the office were sorry to see Amira leave the company. She was such a dependable worker and you could always count on her to carry the ball.
excited or moved to (extreme) action (by someone or something).
The crowd got carried away and did a lot of damage to the park.
I know that planning a party is fun, but don’t get carried away.
carry coals to Newcastle:
to do something unnecessary; to do something which is redundant or duplicative. (An old cliché from England. Newcastle was a town from which coal was shipped to other parts of England.)
Taking food to a farmer is like carrying coals to Newcastle.
Mr. Smith is so rich he doesn’t need any more money. To give him money is like carrying coals to Newcastle.
carry on about someone or something
and carry on to make a great fuss over someone or something; to cry and become out of control about someone or something. (Note the variation in the examples.)
Billy, stop carrying on about your tummy ache like that.
Billy, you must stop carrying on so.
The child carried on endlessly about his mother.
carry on with someone or something and carry on
1. [with something]to continue with something.
Can I please carry on with my work now?
Yes, pletase carry on.
2. [with someone]to behave improperly with someone; to be affectionate in public.
Look at Jane carrying on with Tom. They ought to be ashamed.
Jane, stop carrying on like that!
carry one’s own weight and carry one’s weight;
pull one’s weight to do one’s share; to earn one’s keep.
Tom, you must be more helpful around the house. We all have to carry our own weight.
Bill, I’m afraid that you can’t work here anymore. You just haven’t been carrying your weight.
If you would just pull your weight, we would finish this by noon.
carry someone or something away and carry away someone or something:
to move a person or a thing to another place.
The wind carried the leaves away.
The river carried away the boat.
The taxi carried Sally away.
carry someone or something off and carry off someone or something:
1. to gather up and remove someone or something; to carry someone or something away.
Sally picked up the papers and carried them off.
The wind carried off the leaves.
The kidnapper carried the child off.
2. [with something]to make a planned event work out successfully.
The magician carried off the trick with great skill.
It was a huge party, but the hostess carried it off beautifully.
carry someone or something out and carry out someone or something
1. to move someone or something out of a place.
The lady fainted, and they had to carry her out.
They carried out a man who had a heart attack.
The maid carried out the dirty dishes.
2. [with something]to perform a task; to perform an assignment.
The students didn’t carry out their assignments.
“This is a very important job,” said Jane. “Do you think you can carry it out?”
carry something over and carry over something:
to let something like a bill extend into another period of time; to extend to another location.
We’ll carry the amount of money due over into the next month.
Yes, please carry over the balance.
We’ll have to carry this paragraph over to the next page. ALSO: carry over to extend into another time period or location.
I don’t like for bills to carry over into the next month.
Please do not let the paragraph carry over.
carry the weight of the world on one’s shoulders:
to appear to be burdened by all the problems in the whole world.
Look at Tom. He appears to be carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders.
Cheer up, Tom! You don’t need to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders.
carry weight with someone and carry weight:
(for someone) to have influence with someone; (for something) to have significance for someone. (Often in the negative.)
Everything Mary says carries weight with me.
Don’t pay any attention to John.
What he says carries no weight around here
Your proposal is quite good, but since you’re not a member of the club, it carries no weight.