Know Your Next Word : shoulder

17. shoulder :

verb & noun :

1. the part of each side of the body in humans, at the top of the trunk, extending from each side of the base of the neck to the region where the arm articulates with the trunk

2. capacity for bearing

3. to assume as a responsibility

usage :

  • shouldered the blame for his friends

  • He shouldered his knapsack and walked on.

  • If you want to tell me your troubles, I have broad shoulders.

  • to shoulder the expense

  • The lawyer told him straight from the shoulder that his case was weak.

  • As a social worker in one of the worst slum areas, she rubs shoulders with the poor and the helpless.

  • The volunteers worked shoulder to shoulder with the natives in harvesting the crops.

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