shoulder

[ shohl-der ]
/ ˈʃoʊl dər /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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

Idioms for shoulder

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

OTHER WORDS FROM shoulder

out·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 shoulder to shoulder

shoulder
/ (ˈʃəʊldə) /

noun

verb

Word Origin for shoulder

Old English sculdor; related to Old High German sculterra
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Medical definitions for shoulder to shoulder

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 shoulder to shoulder (1 of 2)

shoulder to shoulder

In close proximity or cooperation, as in The volunteers worked shoulder to shoulder in the effort to rescue the miners. This expression originated in the late 1500s in the military, at first signifying troops in close formation. Its figurative use dates from the late 1800s.

Idioms and Phrases with shoulder to shoulder (2 of 2)

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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