To shlep is to drag or lug something. If you have to pick up your dog and carry him up the stairs to your apartment, you can say that you need to shlep him.

When you shlep a heavy box down the street, you awkwardly pull it, or you carry it with difficulty. You can also describe your trip along the sidewalk with the heavy box itself as a shlep: "It was such a shlep to get that box over to Adam's house." You can also spell the word schlep, and it comes from a Yiddish root, shlepen, "to drag."

Definitions of shlep
  1. verb
    pull along heavily, like a heavy load against a resistance
    “Can you shlep this bag of potatoes upstairs?”
    synonyms: pull along, schlep
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    drag behind
    tow (a vessel) with a tug
    type of:
    pull, as against a resistance
  2. verb
    walk or tramp about
    synonyms: traipse
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    type of:
    use one's feet to advance; advance by steps
  3. noun
    a tedious or difficult journey
    synonyms: schlep
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    type of:
    journey, journeying
    the act of traveling from one place to another
  4. noun
    (Yiddish) an awkward and stupid person
    synonyms: schlep, schlepper, shlepper
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    type of:
    simple, simpleton
    a person lacking intelligence or common sense
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