square shoulders

square your shoulders

to show determination and a lack of fear When the judge asked her if she was guilty or not guilty, she squared her shoulders, looked the judge in the eye, and said, “Not guilty.”
See also: shoulder, square
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The speaker's obstinate carriage, square coat, square legs, square shoulders, - nay, his very neckcloth, trained to take him by the throat with an unaccommodating grasp, like a stubborn fact, as it was, - all helped the emphasis.
He was a man of immense stature and great square shoulders, and wore a hat covered with feathers.
Her husband, Tom Willard, a slender, graceful man with square shoulders, a quick military step, and a black mus- tache trained to turn sharply up at the ends, tried to put the wife out of his mind.
All very well, Roger Harcomb," cried a burly, bull-necked young man, whose square shoulders and massive limbs told of exceptional personal strength.
The square shoulders seemed to alter in shape, and the sturdy figure collapsed among the tall, rank grasses at the foot of the tower.
Also, notwithstanding their martial appearance, broad square shoulders, and heavy tread, whether there are within the same limits two more simple and unaccustomed children in all the Smallweedy affairs of life.
The grotesque squat shape, with the knob of the head as if rammed down between the square shoulders by a blow from a club, moved vaguely in a circumscribed space limited by the two harness-casks lashed to the front rail of the poop, without gestures, hands in the pockets of the jacket, elbows pressed closely to its side; and the voice without resonance, passed from anger to dismay and back again without a single louder word in the hurried delivery, interrupted only by slight gasps for air as if the speaker were being choked by the suppressed passion of his grief.
Harvey was his father's shadow in those days, and the two strolled along side by side, Cheyne using the grades as an excuse for laying his hand on the boy's square shoulder.
The funky and individual styling of the original version remains with its instantly recognisable upright, boxy stance, square shoulders, flared bumpers and wheel arches and high-mounted, stacked tail lamps.
The funky and individual styling of the original version remains, with its instantly recognisable upright, boxy stance, square shoulders, flared bumpers and wheel arches and high-mounted, stacked tail lamps.
The car is instantly recognisable thanks to its upright stance, square shoulders and distinctive bumper flares, but the additional width and lowered height gives it a sportier stance than the outgoing Soul.
Harvey has designed an "anti-drone hoodie" having wide square shoulders and an overzealous zip that does up right to the tip of the nose.
The 2013 Rolls-Royce Ghost has the carriage and square shoulders common to the Rolls-Royce family.
Featuring big lapels and strong, square shoulders, the designs of that era are more suited to American tastes than are the super-slim suits from many contemporary European designers.
Gemma Arterton flashed the flesh while Salma Hayek squeezed into something daring at the Madagascar 3 do and even Jada Pinkett-Smith's square shoulders couldn't distract from her navel-plunging outfit.