Definition of soft shoulder in US English:

soft shoulder


North American
  • An unpaved strip of land at the side of a road.

    • ‘Another had 700 pounds on an ill-advised roof rack when he ran off onto the soft shoulder - probably falling asleep.’
    • ‘The soft shoulder of the road gave out as they made their way across difficult terrain.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


soft shoulder

/sɔft ˈʃoʊldər//sôft ˈSHōldər/