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1the upper joint of the human arm and the part of the body between this and the neck. (in quadrupeds) the joint of the upper forelimb and the adjacent part of the back. the part of a bird or insect at which the wing is attached. a large cut of meat from the upper foreleg and shoulder blade of an animal:a shoulder of lamb a part of a garment covering the shoulder:a jacket with padded shoulders
) the upper part of the back and arms:a tall youth with broad shoulders
) the human shoulders regarded as bearing responsibility or hardship or providing strength:all accounts place the blame squarely on his shoulders
2a part of something resembling a shoulder in shape, position, or function:the shoulder of a pulley a point at which a steep slope descends from a plateau or highland area:the shoulder of the hill sloped down 3a paved strip alongside a road for stopping on in an emergency.
1 [with object] put (something heavy) over one’s shoulder or shoulders to carry:we shouldered our crippling backpacks and set off slowly up the hill take on (a burden or responsibility):she shouldered the blame for the incident 2 [with object] push (someone or something) out of one’s way with one’s shoulder:she shouldered him brusquely aside [no object] move by shouldering someone or something out of one’s way:he shouldered past a woman with a baby he shouldered his way through the seething mass of children