straight-from-the-shoulder

[ streyt-fruh m-thuh-shohl-der ]
/ ˈstreɪt frəm ðəˈʃoʊl dər /

adjective

direct, honest, and forceful in expression; outspoken.

Definition for straight from the shoulder (2 of 2)

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.

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 straight from the shoulder

shoulder
/ (ˈʃəʊldə) /

noun

verb

Word Origin for shoulder

Old English sculdor; related to Old High German sculterra
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Medicine definitions for straight from the 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 straight from the shoulder (1 of 2)

straight from the shoulder

In a direct, forthright manner, as in I'll tell you, straight from the shoulder, that you'll have to do better or they'll fire you. This expression comes from boxing, where it describes a blow delivered with full force. Its figurative use dates from the late 1800s.

Idioms and Phrases with straight from the 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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