on (one's) shoulders

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on (one's) shoulders

One's own responsibility or obligation. My siblings' care has been on my shoulders ever since our parents died.
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*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.
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on one's shoulders

As one's responsibility, as in The king carries his entire country on his shoulders, or The success of the conference rests on Nancy's shoulders. This metaphoric use of shoulders as the burden-bearing part of the body dates from the late 1300s.
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on somebody’s ˈshoulders

if blame, guilt, etc. is on somebody’s shoulders, they must take responsibility for it: I feel like all the responsibility is on my shoulders, which is quite stressful.
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References in classic literature ?
The master looks puzzled for a moment, and then seeing, as the fact is, that the boy is really affected to tears by the most touching thing in Homer, perhaps in all profane poetry put together, steps up to him and lays his hand kindly on his shoulder, saying, "Never mind, my little man, you've construed very well.