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[skwair-shohl-derd] /ˈskwɛərˈʃoʊl dərd/
having the shoulders held back, giving a straight form to the upper part of the back.
Origin of square-shouldered
First recorded in 1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The Germans are a big, square-shouldered, deep-chested race.

    Diary of a Pilgrimage Jerome K. Jerome
  • Makes you look broader-chested and square-shouldered—more of the man.

    The Queen's Scarlet George Manville Fenn
  • One square-shouldered fellow raised her lightly from the ground.

    Vittoria, Complete George Meredith
  • Apart, square-shouldered and indomitable, stood a young man of twenty-six.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
  • He was a typical American, tall, square-shouldered, and not over-burdened with flesh.

    A Gamble with Life Silas K. Hocking
  • He was of about medium stature, and as straight and square-shouldered as an athlete.

  • The engineer was thirty; big, square-shouldered, lithe, and capable.

    Square Deal Sanderson

    Charles Alden Seltzer
  • The upper part was inhabited by a collection of bottles, all square-shouldered and as like each other as peas.

    The Shadow-Line Joseph Conrad
  • His big, square-shouldered figure stood out sharply against the glow.

    The Lure of the Dim Trails by (AKA B. M. Sinclair) B. M. Bower
  • He was tall, square-shouldered and strong, with an air of elegance that was not exactly refined, but easy and unaffected.

    The Child of Pleasure Gabriele D'Annunzio

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