Definition of shoulder to shoulder in English:

shoulder to shoulder


  • 1Side by side:

    ‘everyone is bunched together shoulder to shoulder’
    • ‘In Westminster, scores of policemen stood shoulder to shoulder to shield the people's representatives from their constituents' anger.’
    • ‘In battle, Dave says, he and his brothers-in-arms would have stood shoulder to shoulder, left side forward, shields locked, spears angled above the shield wall to jab at the enemy.’
    • ‘Side by side they stood, shoulder to shoulder, and with their hats held to their chests.’
    • ‘While in many paintings the Belgian is a passive supervisor, in both sculptures, the Belgian officer and the African soldier stand shoulder to shoulder.’
    • ‘Young music fans don't mind being shoulder to shoulder at a concert, bouncing or even moshing to the beat.’
    • ‘We sat, together, shoulder to shoulder, and watched the sun set.’
    • ‘I was shoulder to shoulder with Connor on one side, Drew on the other.’
    • ‘Many couples keep their upper halves locked together, shoulder to shoulder.’
    side by side, abreast, level, beside each other, cheek by jowl
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    1. 1.1 Acting together towards a common aim; with united effort:
      ‘we fought shoulder to shoulder with the rest of the country’
      • ‘Along the beaches of Normandy old combatants from Germany and Great Britain will be standing shoulder to shoulder to commemorate the last great action of the Second World War.’
      • ‘We've got to stand shoulder to shoulder and keep a united voice.’
      • ‘And I'll stand shoulder to shoulder with anyone who's willing to stand with me, even if it is Andrew Sullivan.’
      • ‘Very often we have to work shoulder to shoulder with one another and do not want a situation that compromises that fraternity or causes tensions.’
      • ‘New York is a city of neighborhoods, of people working together, shoulder to shoulder.’
      • ‘Many volunteers from all backgrounds have been working shoulder to shoulder to put this project together.’
      • ‘And that's why I'm so glad that the leadership of the Muslim community here has stood shoulder to shoulder with everyone else in it.’
      • ‘One year ago I said to you that our country was correct to stand shoulder to shoulder with the United States.’
      • ‘Do they not stand there, shoulder to shoulder, united as a team for a united South Africa?’
      • ‘If all the nations stand together shoulder to shoulder the very few nations left would be utterly overwhelmed.’
      united, together, jointly, working together, in partnership, in collaboration, in cooperation, cooperatively, side by side, arm in arm, hand in hand, in unity, in unison, in alliance, in league, in concert, concertedly, conjointly, as one
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