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Lift

verb; clipping
Short for to lift weights. This is a clipping for the phrase lifting weights. This is often also heard in the colloquial expression, “do you even lift,” a joke that is often made if someone does something that either used far too much or not enough strength.
 
“Hey Jim, want to go lift after work today?”
Etymology : This is from Old Norse lypta, to raise, c.1200. (etymonline) It has undergone narrowing as lift in this sense means exclusively to lift weights and no longer carries any other possible meaning of lift.
Source : First heard October 2012
Last modified: 25 November 2013


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