carry someone's water

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carry someone's water

  1. (intransitive, idiomatic) To do someone's bidding; to serve someone's interests.
    • 1996, James Carroll, The City Below‎, page 287:
      "I hear things are good." / Moran shrugged. "Depends on who you're talking to. Who would you be talking to, Squire?" / "Frank" / "I thought that might be it. You still carrying his water?
    • 2005, Martin Clark, Plain Heathen Mischief‎, page 394:
      I've discovered the Lord doesn't need lackeys, lieutenants, minions, representatives and envoys to carry His water and discharge His affairs.
    • 2006, James Bruno, Chasm‎, page 113:
      "Nope. Just here to see a staffer about something." / "Staffers. Yeah, well. They hold the Congressman's bag and carry his water sometimes all right."