shoulder to shoulder


: physically close together
Everyone was standing/squeezed shoulder to shoulder on the crowded bus.
: united together to achieve a shared goal
I stand shoulder to shoulder with the other legislators in this effort.

Examples of shoulder to shoulder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Along the sidewalks, families stood shoulder to shoulder, waving Mexican flags and watching glittering vehicles pass by. Kate Talerico, The Mercury News, 5 May 2024 April 17, 2024 The faithful gathered in an imposing modernist building, thousands of men in skullcaps and women in veils sitting shoulder to shoulder. Sui-Lee Wee Ulet Ifansasti, New York Times, 17 Apr. 2024 In a duet, that conversation is between two pianists, playing shoulder to shoulder at the same eighty-eight keys. The New Yorker, 29 Mar. 2024 More than an hour before kickoff, the concourses around Ford Field were already shoulder to shoulder. Arpan Lobo, Detroit Free Press, 21 Jan. 2024 Several hundred North Korean women dressed in red uniforms, plastic aprons, and white rubber boots stood shoulder to shoulder at long metal tables under harsh lights, hunched over plastic baskets of seafood, slicing and sorting products by hand. Ian Urbina, The New Yorker, 6 Feb. 2024 Sitting in the back also allowed more privacy and made for easier conversation than sitting shoulder to shoulder to shoulder in a row at the counter. Scott Howard-Cooper., Los Angeles Times, 3 Mar. 2024 Sitting shoulder to shoulder, muttering curses in Farsi and Pashto, our engineers had each drunk six cups of tea in less than ten minutes, hoarding an entire thermos for themselves. Jamil Jan Kochai, The New Yorker, 19 Feb. 2024 Workers are working shoulder to shoulder processing and cutting the wings, the legs, the rest of the chicken. Errol Schweizer, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024

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“Shoulder to shoulder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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