lighten the burden, take a load off

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Senior Member
Chinese,Cantonese,Sichuan dialect
Hi, I came across a phrase "lighten the burden" when I was in college, "He tried to lighten the burden of the family when he was in school, so he did part-time job."

Can I also say someone tried to "take a load off the family"?

  • Tazzler

    Senior Member
    American English
    No, that seems wrong to me. "To take a load off" is most commonly used with the object "one's mind", as in "the news took a load off my mind". Here it means "relieve" in a mental sense.
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