shoulder the burden (of something)(redirected from they have shouldered the burden)
shoulder the burden (of something)
To endure something distressing, painful, stressful, or emotionally or physically taxing, especially for the sake of others. Our father ran this business singlehandedly for nearly 20 years. When he died, it was left to our mother to shoulder the burden. My partner quit his job to stay home with the baby, so I have to shoulder the burden of earning enough to pay the mortgage.
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