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List of body parts idioms about shoulders and their meanings

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Human body parts idioms about shoulders

carry the weight of the world on one's shoulders

- to appear to be dealing with all the problems in the whole world

My friend has much stress and thinks that he is carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders.

get the cold shoulder (from someone)

- to be ignored or rejected (by someone)

I often get the cold shoulder from my coworker..

give (someone) the cold shoulder

- to ignore someone, to reject someone

The office staff gave the man the cold shoulder when he did not go to the farewell party.

have a chip on one's shoulder

- to have a tendency to try to get into a conflict with others

Our supervisor has a chip on his shoulder and is not an easy person to work with.

have broad shoulders

- to have the ability to work hard and take on responsibilities and accept criticism (because you are strong with broad shoulders)

The man has broad shoulders and does more than his share of work in our company.

head and shoulders above (someone or something)

- to be superior to someone or something

Our soccer coach is head and shoulders above the other coaches in the city.

look over one's shoulder

- to be worried that something dangerous or bad may happen to you

I always look over my shoulder when I am walking next to a construction site.

on (someone's) shoulders

- someone's responsibility

I do not want to have the failure of the project on my shoulders.

put one's shoulder to the wheel

- to get busy and do some work

We must put our shoulders to the wheel and get our work done early.

rub shoulders with (someone)

- to be in the same place as others, to meet and mix with others

We went to the party and were able to rub shoulders with some interesting artists.

a shoulder to cry on

- someone to whom you can tell your problems to and then ask for sympathy and advice

I gave my friend a shoulder to cry on when I met him at the coffee shop.

shoulder to shoulder

- side by side, with a shared purpose

The children were standing shoulder to shoulder during the exercise class.

straight from the shoulder

- an open and honest way of speaking

The manager was speaking straight from the shoulder when he told the workers about the factory closing.

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