• part of the body between the neck and the upper arm (in humans or animals); something which resembles a shoulder; area bordering a road
• place on the shoulder; take on an obligation, carry a burden, take on responsibility; pave the way, create a path
• your shoulders are the two parts of your body between your neck and the tops of your arms.
• if you shoulder something heavy, you put it across one of your shoulders so that you can carry it more easily.
• if you shoulder the responsibility or blame for something, you accept it.
• you can say that a person's problems or responsibilities are on that person's shoulders; a literary use.
• a shoulder is also a joint of meat from the upper part of the front leg of an animal.
• see also hard shoulder.
• if two people who are different from each other in some way rub shoulders, or if they rub shoulders with each other, they are both present in the same place, often meeting and talking to each other there; an informal expression.
• if one thing or person stands head and shoulders above another, they are a lot better than they are.
shoulder a person out of his way
• push aside, shove to the side
shoulder a task
• take on a task, take on an assignment
• raise a weapon, hold the weapon against the shoulder
• grip the stock of the gun and rest the barrel against the shoulder (military command)
• emblem worn on the shoulder indicating rank or position
• a shoulder-bag is a bag that has a long strap so that it can be carried on a person's shoulder.
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