He rested the baby's head on his shoulder.
He grabbed my shoulder and turned me around.
She carried a backpack on one shoulder.
The horse is five feet high at the shoulder.
We had pork shoulder for dinner. Verb
He shouldered the blame for the project's failure.
The company will shoulder the costs of the repairs.
She shouldered the full burden of raising three children.
He shouldered the door open.
She shouldered through the crowd.
She shouldered her way through the crowd.
The soldiers shouldered their rifles and marched away. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Finding the Best Value As my own stay can attest, coming here in the shoulder season is a great way to get a wellness boost at lower prices.—Samantha Falewée, Travel + Leisure, 26 Nov. 2023 Jackson’s top two receiver targets — Odell Beckham Jr. (shoulder) and Zay Flowers (hip) — are dealing with injuries and entered the weekend questionable to play.—Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 25 Nov. 2023 In our testing, the Timberline had no trouble smoking 50 pounds of pork shoulder while WIRED editor and backyard chef Parker Hall monitored the temps while entertaining a small gathering of some 100 people.—Nena Farrell, WIRED, 25 Nov. 2023 In one snap, Nick and Vanessa placed their hands on their daughter's shoulders as the three of them smiled at the camera.—Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 24 Nov. 2023 One man has a towel over his shoulder, deep in concentration.—Ian Shapira, Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2023 Last week, the Marvel Cinematic Universe had to get out its Canada Goose parka to weather the cold shoulder The Marvels received.—Joe Reid, Vulture, 22 Nov. 2023 Microphones are placed around the orchestra on stage to record specific instruments and send a live signal to activate vibrations in the shoulders, forearms and upper and lower back.—Julia Binswanger, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Nov. 2023 Clouse released and made a solid hit behind the shoulder.—Outdoor Life, 22 Nov. 2023
Gaza becomes ‘a graveyard for children’ as Israel intensifies airstrikes
Before the war, even during previous wars, donkey carts and Toyotas shouldered past each other in Gaza City’s chaotic intersections.—Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2023 And spouses can hold onto only a modest amount of income and assets, often leaving their children and grandchildren to shoulder some of the financial burden.—Jordan Rau, Fortune Well, 16 Nov. 2023 All of Israel’s security chiefs have publicly shouldered blame for an event considered the worst intelligence and military failure in the country’s history.—Neri Zilber, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 Nov. 2023 Marvel would shoulder some of the production costs by preselling distribution rights in five foreign territories for each of the four films.—Joanna Robinson, Rolling Stone, 10 Oct. 2023 But there will almost certainly be a reckoning—as there had been for Golda Meir and Moshe Dayan, who shouldered much of the blame for the way Israel was caught by surprise in 1973.—David Remnick, The New Yorker, 9 Oct. 2023 The MrBeast ad shows an AI version of Donaldson, shoulders up, in a pink hoodie and gray baseball cap.—Kalhan Rosenblatt, NBC News, 3 Oct. 2023 Councilmembers Traci Park and John Lee voted against the measure, with Park raising concerns about the burdens that housing providers — particularly mom-and-pop landlords — have had to shoulder during the pandemic.—Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2023 The sleuth in this kind of whodunit has to shoulder a heavy load: onscreen nearly the entire time, delivering metric tons of exposition, reacting to new plot developments in ways that are apparent to the viewer but not always to the other characters, etc.—Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 14 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English sholder, from Old English sculdor; akin to Old High German scultra shoulder
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a