Language: Old English
Origin: sculdor


1 noun
Related topics: Clothes, Food, Human, Roads
shoul‧der1 S2 W2

body part

HBH [countable] 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.


DCC [countable] the part of a piece of clothing that covers your shoulders:
a jacket with padded shoulders


DF [uncountable and countable] the upper part of the front leg of an animal that is used for meat
shoulder of
a shoulder of pork

be looking over your shoulder

to feel worried that something unpleasant is going to happen to you

a shoulder to cry on

someone who gives you sympathy:
Ben is always there when I need a shoulder to cry on.

cry on somebody's shoulder

to get sympathy from someone when you tell them your problems

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.

on somebody'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.

put your shoulder to the wheel

to start to work with great effort and determination


[countable] American EnglishTTR an area of ground beside a road where drivers can stop their cars if they are having trouble hard shoulder, soft shoulder

curved shape

[countable] a rounded part just below the top of something

➔ give somebody the cold shoulder

at cold1 (7)

; ➔ have a chip on your shoulder

at chip1 (5)

; ➔ be/stand head and shoulders above the rest

at head1 (29)

; ➔ rub shoulders with

at rub1 (5)

; ➔ straight from the shoulder

at straight1 (10)

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