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soft shoulder

Syllabification: soft shoul·der

Definition of soft shoulder in English:

noun

North American
An unpaved strip of land at the side of a road.
Example sentences
  • The soft shoulder of the road gave out as they made their way across difficult terrain.
  • They were State Troopers, not Fed radio cops, and they pulled their cruiser onto the soft shoulder of the freeway, braking a few feet short of the soles of his boots.
  • Another had 700 pounds on an ill-advised roof rack when he ran off onto the soft shoulder - probably falling asleep.

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