- the end surface or surfaces of a piece from which a tenon or tenons project.
- an inclined and raised surface, as on a joggle post, for receiving and supporting the foot of a strut or the like.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- shotwell, james thomson,
- should have stood in bed, i,
- shoulder bag,
- shoulder blade,
- shoulder board,
- shoulder girdle,
- shoulder harness
- to place a rifle muzzle upward on the right or left shoulder, with the buttstock in the corresponding hand.
- the command to shoulder arms.
Origin of shoulder
- to treat someone in a cold manner; snub
- to ignore or shun someone
- side by side or close together
- in a corporate effort
Word Origin for shoulder
Old English sculdor "shoulder," from West Germanic *skuldro (cf. Middle Dutch scouder, Dutch schouder, Old Frisian skoldere, Middle Low German scholder, Old High German scultra, German Schulter), of unknown origin, perhaps related to shield (n.). Meaning "edge of the road" is attested from 1933. Cold shoulder (Neh. ix:29) translates Latin humerum recedentum dare in Vulgate (but see cold shoulder). Shoulder-length, of hair, is from 1951.
c.1300, "to push with the shoulder," from shoulder (n.). Meaning "take a burden" first recorded 1580s. The military sense is from 1590s. Related: Shouldered; shouldering.
put one's shoulder to the wheel
Work hard, make a strenuous effort, as in We'll have to put our shoulder to the wheel to get this job done. This metaphoric term, alluding to pushing a heavy vehicle that has bogged down, has been used figuratively since the late 1700s.
In addition to the idiom beginning with shoulder
- shoulder to shoulder
- broad shoulders
- chip on one's shoulder
- cold shoulder
- cry on someone's shoulder
- good head on one's shoulders
- head and shoulders above
- on one's shoulders
- put one's shoulder to the wheel
- rub elbows (shoulders) with
- shrug one's shoulders
- square one's shoulders
- straight from the shoulder
- weight of the world on one's shoulders