shoulder ( shoulders plural & 3rd person present) ( shouldering present participle) ( shouldered past tense & past participle )
1 n-count Your shoulders are between your neck and the tops of your arms.
oft poss N
She led him to an armchair, with her arm round his shoulder..., He glanced over his shoulder and saw me watching him.
2 n-count The shoulders of a piece of clothing are the parts that cover your shoulders.
...extravagant fashions with padded shoulders.
3 n-plural When you talk about someone's problems or responsibilities, you can say that they carry them on their shoulders.
No one suspected the anguish he carried on his shoulders...
4 verb If you shoulder the responsibility or the blame for something, you accept it.
He has had to shoulder the responsibility of his father's mistakes... V n
5 verb If you shoulder something heavy, you put it across one of your shoulders so that you can carry it more easily.
The rest of the group shouldered their bags, gritted their teeth and set off... V n
6 verb If you shoulder someone aside or if you shoulder your way somewhere, you push past people roughly using your shoulder.
The policemen rushed past him, shouldering him aside... V n with aside
She could do nothing to stop him as he shouldered his way into the house... V way prep/adv
He shouldered past Harlech and opened the door. V past/through n
7 n-var A shoulder is a joint of meat from the upper part of the front leg of an animal.
...shoulder of lamb.
9 If someone offers you a shoulder to cry on or is a shoulder to cry on, they listen sympathetically as you talk about your troubles.
a shoulder to cry on phrase usu PHR after v
Roland sometimes saw me as a shoulder to cry on.
10 If you say that someone or something stands head and shouldersabove other people or things, you mean that they are a lot better than them.
head and shoulders phrase PHR above n
The two candidates stood head and shoulders above the rest...
11 If two or more people stand shoulder to shoulder, they are standing next to each other, with their shoulders touching.
shoulder to shoulder phrase PHR after v, v-link PHR
They fell into step, walking shoulder to shoulder with their heads bent against the rain...
12 If people work or stand shoulder to shoulder, they work together in order to achieve something, or support each other.
shoulder to shoulder phrase usu v PHR
They could fight shoulder-to-shoulder against a common enemy...
a chip on one's shoulder
to rub shoulders with