broad shoulders

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broad shoulders

The ability and/or willingness to accept multiple demands and responsibilities. You've got some broad shoulders, kid—I'm so impressed with how you're balancing schoolwork with being captain of the football team and student council president!
See also: broad, shoulder

broad shoulders

If someone has broad shoulders, they are able to take a lot of responsibility and they are not easily upset by criticism. He insisted that he had broad shoulders and was willing to carry on.
See also: broad, shoulder
References in classic literature ?
I learned that in a short hour or two he could master my strong head, my broad shoulders and deep chest, put me on my back, and with a devil's grip on my throat proceed to choke the life out of me.
And do you know, when these politicians swing wide the doors and come in, with their broad shoulders, their deep chests, and their generous stomachs which cannot help making them optimists and masters of life, why, you perk right up.
As the arras fell behind the departing King, De Montfort shrugged his broad shoulders, and turning, left the apartment by another door.
Then starting from a short distance behind them I ran swiftly up from one tier to the next, and with a final bound from the broad shoulders of the highest I clutched the top of the great wall and quietly drew myself to its broad expanse.
The sun glanced from the tips of their metal-shod spears, picked out the gorgeous colors in the feathers of their war bonnets, and reflected the high-lights from the glossy skins of their broad shoulders and high cheek bones.
And packing his wounded kinsman upon his own broad shoulders, he soon brought him within the shelter of the forest.
He was of middle age, heavily built, deep chested and broad shouldered. Looking at his figure, one would have said that he had a giant's strength; at his features, that he would use it like a giant.
Tarzan put a broad shoulder beneath the bole of the tree, and as he did so his bare leg pressed against the cat's silken side, so close was the man to the great beast.
The broad shoulders of the UK have not been and will not be enough to protect Scotland, so let's show a bit of confidence in ourselves and our Scottish Government and choose an independent Scotland, backed by the broader shoulders of the EU.
The man is described as mixed race, slim with a shaven head and broad shoulders, aged between 35 and 45 and around 5ft 9ins.
Police are searching for a white male aged between 34 and 40, approximately 5'11" tall with broad shoulders and medium to large build.
His toned abs, broad shoulders and bumping biceps will definitely make onlookers envious for sure.
The man is described as being 5ft 7in or 5ft 8in tall, of small build, with broad shoulders, short hair and a local accent, and wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a dark top.
With a retooled squad of fresh faces and a desire to once again silence all his critics, James is expected to once more carry the entire team on his broad shoulders and elevate the franchise to greatness.
The No voters wanted the broad shoulders of the UK to spread the burden - that's what's happening.