on one's shoulders

on (one's) shoulders

In the position of being one's sole responsibility or obligation. My siblings' care has been on my shoulders ever since our parents died. I didn't want to put the survival of the entire company on your shoulders, but you were the only one I could trust could do it.
See also: on, shoulder
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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.
See also: on, shoulder
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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