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noun British English pronunciation: shoulder /ˈʃəʊldə(r)/ 
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singularshoulder
pluralshoulders
  1. 1
    [countable] one of the two parts of your body between your neck and the top of your arms

    She injured her shoulder in the accident.

    shrug your shoulders (=move them quickly up then down):

    Most people would have shrugged their shoulders and forgotten it.

    hunch your shoulders (=lift them up towards your neck):

    The man was hunching his shoulders against the pounding rain.

    1. a.
      the part of a shirt, jacket, or other piece of clothing that covers your shoulder

      She had on a white jacket with padded shoulders (=extra cloth that makes your shoulders look bigger).

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