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shoulder

2 verb
     
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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 [transitive] 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

PM an order given to soldiers telling them to hold their weapon against their shoulder

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