One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An unpaved strip of land at the side of a road.
- ‘The soft shoulder of the road gave out as they made their way across difficult terrain.’
- ‘Needless to say, there was an entourage of Police Cars in front leading the procession and they just took over the middle of the road, forcing vehicles travelling in the same direction as me, onto the soft shoulder.’
- ‘They were State Troopers, not Fed radio cops, and they pulled their cruiser onto the soft shoulder of the freeway, braking a few feet short of the soles of his boots.’
- ‘Another had 700 pounds on an ill-advised roof rack when he ran off onto the soft shoulder - probably falling asleep.’
- ‘If you get the wheels of your vehicle on the soft shoulder, slow down, and gradually and slowly pull the vehicle back onto the road.’
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