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noun shoulder pronunciation in British English /ˈʃəʊldə(r)/
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  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).
  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] the upper part of the front leg of an animal, or meat from this part
    a shoulder of lamb
  3. 4
    [singular] American a hard shoulder



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