An example of a shoulder is where a person hangs the strap on a purse.
Shouldered the blame for his friends.
Shouldered the dresser against the wall.
To shoulder one's way through a crowd.
- The part of the human torso forming a relatively horizontal surface running away from the neck.The parrot was sitting on Steve's shoulder.
- A cut of meat comprised of the upper joint of the foreleg and the surrounding muscle.
- The portion of a garment where the shoulder is clothed.
- A part of a road where drivers may stop in an emergency; a hard shoulder.He stopped the car on the shoulder of the highway to change the flat tire.
- The portion of a hill or mountain just below the peak.
- An abrupt projection which forms an abutment on an object, or limits motion, etc., such as the projection around a tenon at the end of a piece of timber.
Shoulder the blame.
An example of shoulder are polar bears being negatively affected by the effects of global climate change; to shoulder the effects.
- The angle between the face and flank of a bastion in a fortification.
- The area between the body and neck of a bottle or vase.
- The end surface of a board from which a tenon projects.
- (printing) The flat surface on the body of type that extends beyond the letter or character.
- To apply oneself vigorously; make a concentrated effort.
- In close proximity; side by side.
- In close cooperation.
- Delivered directly from the shoulder. Used of a punch.
- Honestly; candidly.
- to tell one's troubles to someone in seeking comfort or sympathy
- to set to work vigorously; put forth vigorous effort
- to rest a rifle against the (right or left) shoulder, supporting the butt with the hand on the same side
- side by side and close together
- working together; with common effort
- moving straight forward from the shoulder
- without reserve or evasion; frankly
- to treat with disdain; snub
- to avoid or shun
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of shoulder
- Middle English shulder from Old English sculdor
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English sholder, shulder, schulder, from Old English sculdor, sculdra (“shoulder"), from Proto-Germanic *skuldrô (“shoulder"), of uncertain origin. Perhaps related to Proto-Germanic *skelduz (“shield"), see shield. Cognate with Old Frisian skuldere (“shoulder"), Middle Low German scholder (“shoulder"), Dutch schouder (“shoulder"), German Schulter (“shoulder").