one of the two parts of the body at each side of the neck where the arm is connected:
body partHBH [countable]
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.
the part of a piece of clothing that covers your shoulders:
a jacket with padded shoulders
the upper part of the front leg of an animal that is used for meat
meatDF [uncountable and countable]
a shoulder of pork
to feel worried that something unpleasant is going to happen to you
someone who gives you sympathy:
Ben is always there when I need a shoulder to cry on.
to get sympathy from someone when you tell them your problems
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.
physically close together [= side by side]:
Blacks and whites stood shoulder to shoulder in the stands to applaud.
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.
to start to work with great effort and determination
an area of ground beside a road where drivers can stop their cars if they are having trouble ➔ hard shoulder, soft shoulder
road-side[countable] American EnglishTTR
a rounded part just below the top of something