hard shoulder(redirected from a hard-shoulder)
A paved lane or area on the side of a road, often a highway, where drivers can stop their vehicles in emergency situations. I think you've got a flat tire. You'd better pull over on to the hard shoulder. I came to a stop on the hard shoulder because it was raining so hard I couldn't see.
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