have broad shoulders

have broad shoulders

To be able or willing to accept multiple demands and responsibilities. You have 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!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

have broad shoulders

 
1. Lit. to have wide shoulders. She has broad shoulders because she exercises and lifts weights.
2. Fig. to have the ability to cope with unpleasant responsibilities; to have the ability to accept criticism or rebuke. No need to apologize to me. I can take it. I have broad shoulders. Karen may have broad shoulders, but she can't endure endless criticism.
See also: broad, have, shoulder
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

broad shoulders, have

Be able to accept considerable responsibility, as in With his broad shoulders, he can easily handle both departments. [Second half of 1300s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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I have broad shoulders and I need players with broad shoulders, players who will stand alongside me, not behind me.