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Language: Old English
Origin: sculdor

shoulder

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

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.
2

clothes

DCC [countable] the part of a piece of clothing that covers your shoulders:
a jacket with padded shoulders
3

meat

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
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 somebody'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 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.
8

put your shoulder to the wheel

to start to work with great effort and determination
9

road-side

[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
10

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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