shoulder

[ shohl-der ]
/ ˈʃoʊl dər /
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noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to push with or as if with the shoulder: to shoulder through a crowd.

Nearby words

  1. shotwell,
  2. shotwell, james thomson,
  3. should,
  4. should have stood in bed, i,
  5. shoulda,
  6. shoulder bag,
  7. shoulder blade,
  8. shoulder board,
  9. shoulder girdle,
  10. shoulder harness

Idioms

Origin of shoulder

before 900; (noun) Middle English sholder, s(c)hulder, Old English sculdor; cognate with Dutch schouder, German Schulter; (v.) Middle English shulderen, derivative of the noun

SYNONYMS FOR shoulder
Related formsout·shoul·der, verb (used with object)re·shoul·der, verb (used with object)un·shoul·dered, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for put one's shoulder to the wheel

shoulder

/ (ˈʃəʊldə) /

noun

verb

Word Origin for shoulder

Old English sculdor; related to Old High German sculterra

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Word Origin and History for put one's shoulder to the wheel
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Medicine definitions for put one's shoulder to the wheel

shoulder

[ shōldər ]

n.

The joint connecting the arm with the torso.
The part of the human body between the neck and upper arm.

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Idioms and Phrases with put one's shoulder to the wheel

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.

shoulder

In addition to the idiom beginning with shoulder

  • shoulder to shoulder

also see:

  • 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
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