1 part of the body
dislocated, fractured, frozen, injured, sore, wounded

His frozen shoulder has stopped him from playing tennis.

blade, bones, joint, muscle, socket

The bullet hit him squarely between the shoulder blades.

height, level
harness, sling, strap
over your shoulder

He slung the sack over his shoulder and set off.

a pat on the shoulder

He gave me a reassuring pat on the shoulder.

shoulder to shoulder

The route of the procession was lined with police officers standing shoulder to shoulder.

tap sb on the shoulder

I tapped the man on the shoulder and asked him to move.

2 shoulders the part between the two shoulders
broad, huge, muscled, muscular, powerful, strong, wide
delicate, slim
narrow, thin
tense, tight

When I asked him why he'd done it he just shrugged his shoulders.


He hunched his shoulders against the cold wind.

drop, relax

Inhale, drop your shoulders and raise your chest.

roll, rotate

Roll your shoulders forward and take a deep breath.

square, straighten

In an aggressive situation, we stand tall and square our shoulders.

be bent, be bowed, be stooped

She was crouched with her head forward and her shoulders bent.

droop, drop, sag, slump

My shoulders dropped with relief.

lift, shrug

Her shoulders lifted in a vague shrug.

heave, shake, twitch

His broad shoulders heaved with sobs.

stiffen, tense, tighten
on sb's shoulders

The child sat on her father's shoulders to watch the parade go by.

1 accept the responsibility for sth
have to, must

She had to shoulder the burden of childcare.

be willing to
be unwilling to

He was unwilling to shoulder this responsibility alone.

2 push sb/sth with your shoulder

We were shouldered roughly out of the way.

aside, out of the way

He shouldered open the door.

shoulder your way past sb/sth, shoulder your way through sth

She shouldered her way through the crowd.

Shoulder is used with these nouns as the object: ↑backpack, ↑bag, ↑blame, ↑burden, ↑load, ↑responsibility, ↑rucksack, ↑way

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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