shoul|der1 W2S2 [ˈʃəuldə US ˈʃouldər] n
1¦(body part)¦
4 be looking over your shoulder
6 shoulder to shoulder
7 on somebody's shoulders
8 put your shoulder to the wheel
10¦(curved shape)¦
[: Old English; Origin: sculdor]
1.) ¦(BODY PART)¦
one of the two parts of the body at each side of the neck where the arm is connected
She tapped the driver on the shoulder.
a muscular man with broad shoulders
He put his arm around her shoulders.
When we asked Keith who she was, he just shrugged his shoulders (=raised his shoulders to show that he did not know or care) .
look/glance over your shoulder
(=look behind you)
Lucy glanced nervously over her shoulder to see who was behind her.
2.) ¦(CLOTHES)¦
the part of a piece of clothing that covers your shoulders
a jacket with padded shoulders
3.) ¦(MEAT)¦ [U and C]
the upper part of the front leg of an animal that is used for meat
shoulder of
a shoulder of pork
4.) be looking over your shoulder
to feel worried that something unpleasant is going to happen to you
5.) a) a shoulder to cry on
someone who gives you sympathy
Ben is always there when I need a shoulder to cry on.
b) cry on sb's shoulder
to get sympathy from someone when you tell them your problems
6.) shoulder to shoulder
a) having the same aims and wanting to achieve the same thing
= ↑side by side shoulder to shoulder with
We are working shoulder to shoulder with local residents.
b) physically close together
= ↑side by side
Blacks and whites stood shoulder to shoulder in the stands to applaud.
7.) on sb's shoulders
if blame or a difficult job falls on someone's shoulders, they have to take responsibility for it
The blame rests squarely on Jim's shoulders.
8.) put your shoulder to the wheel
to start to work with great effort and determination
9.) ¦(ROAD-SIDE)¦ AmE
an area of ground beside a road where drivers can stop their cars if they are having trouble
a rounded part just below the top of something
give sb the cold shoulder atcold1 (7), have a chip on your shoulder atchip1 (5), be/stand head and shoulders above the rest athead1 (29), rub shoulders with atrub1 (5), straight from the shoulder atstraight1 (10)
shoulder 2
shoulder2 v
1.) shoulder the responsibility/blame/cost/burden etc
to accept a difficult or unpleasant responsibility, duty etc
The residents are being asked to shoulder the costs of the repairs.
2.) [T]
to lift something onto your shoulder to carry it
They shouldered the boat and took it down to the river.
3.) shoulder your way through/into etc
to move through a large crowd of people by pushing with your shoulder
He ran after her, shouldering his way through the crowd.
4.) shoulder arms
an order given to soldiers telling them to hold their weapon against their shoulder

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Shoulder — Shoul der, n. [OE. shulder, shuldre, schutder, AS. sculdor; akin to D. schoulder, G. schulter, OHG. scultarra, Dan. skulder, Sw. skuldra.] 1. (Anat.) The joint, or the region of the joint, by which the fore limb is connected with the body or with …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shoulder — [shōl′dər] n. [ME schuldere < OE sculdor, akin to Ger schulter < IE * skḷdhrā, shoulder blade used as a spade < base * (s)kel , to cut > SHELL, SHILLING, SKULL] 1. a) the joint connecting the arm or forelimb with the body b) the part… …   English World dictionary

  • shoulder — ► NOUN 1) the joint between the upper arm or forelimb and the main part of the body. 2) a joint of meat from the upper foreleg and shoulder blade of an animal. 3) a part of something resembling a shoulder, in particular a point at which a steep… …   English terms dictionary

  • Shoulder — Shoul der, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Shouldered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shouldering}.] 1. To push or thrust with the shoulder; to push with violence; to jostle. [1913 Webster] As they the earth would shoulder from her seat. Spenser. [1913 Webster] Around… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shoulder — O.E. sculdor, from W.Gmc. *skuldro (Cf. M.Du. scouder, Du. schouder, O.Fris. skoldere, M.L.G. scholder, O.H.G. scultra, Ger. Schulter), of unknown origin, perhaps related to SHIELD (Cf. shield). Meaning edge of the road is attested from 1933. The …   Etymology dictionary

  • Shoulder — Shoul der, v. i. To push with the shoulder; to make one s way, as through a crowd, by using the shoulders; to move swaying the shoulders from side to side. A yoke of the great sulky white bullocks . . . came shouldering along together. Kipling.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shoulder — [v1] be responsible for accept, assume, bear, carry, take on, take upon oneself; concept 23 Ant. deny, refuse shoulder [v2] push, jostle bulldoze*, elbow, hustle, nudge, press, push aside, shove, thrust; concept 208 …   New thesaurus

  • shoulder — index assume (undertake), bear (support), bolster, maintain (sustain), underwrite Burton s Legal …   Law dictionary

  • Shoulder — Infobox Anatomy Name = PAGENAME Latin = articulatio humeri GraySubject = 81 GrayPage = 313 Caption = Diagram of the human shoulder joint Caption2 = Capsule of shoulder joint (distended). Anterior aspect. Width = 300 Precursor = System = Artery =… …   Wikipedia

  • shoulder — [[t]ʃo͟ʊldə(r)[/t]] ♦♦ shoulders, shouldering, shouldered 1) N COUNT: oft poss N Your shoulders are between your neck and the tops of your arms. She led him to an armchair, with her arm round his shoulder... He glanced over his shoulder and saw… …   English dictionary

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