on shoulders

*on someone's shoulders

Fig. on someone's own self. (*Typically: be ~; carry something ~; fall ~; have something ~; leave something ~; put something ~.) Why should all the responsibility fall on my shoulders? She carries a tremendous amount of responsibility on her shoulders.
See also: on, shoulder

on somebody's shoulders

also on the shoulders of somebody
as a personal responsibility for someone A district attorney has an awful burden on his shoulders. The success or failure of the entire peace agreement will rest on the shoulders of the peace keepers.
See also: on, shoulder
References in classic literature ?
She did not know that what she heard was the impact of glove on glove, or glove on shoulder, and that no damage was being done.