left shoulder arms
noun Etymology: from the command left shoulder arms! Date: circa 1918 a position in the manual of arms in which the butt of the rifle is held in the left hand with the barrel resting on the left shoulder; also a command to assume this position

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • right shoulder arms — noun Etymology: from the imperative phrase right shoulder, arms : a position in the manual of arms in which the rifle is held in the right hand with the barrel resting against the right shoulder and the muzzle inclined to the rear often used as a …   Useful english dictionary

  • Right shoulder arms — Shoulder Shoul der, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Shouldered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shouldering}.] 1. To push or thrust with the shoulder; to push with violence; to jostle. [1913 Webster] As they the earth would shoulder from her seat. Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shoulder — Shoul der, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Shouldered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shouldering}.] 1. To push or thrust with the shoulder; to push with violence; to jostle. [1913 Webster] As they the earth would shoulder from her seat. Spenser. [1913 Webster] Around… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shoulder — [shōl′dər] n. [ME schuldere < OE sculdor, akin to Ger schulter < IE * skḷdhrā, shoulder blade used as a spade < base * (s)kel , to cut > SHELL, SHILLING, SKULL] 1. a) the joint connecting the arm or forelimb with the body b) the part… …   English World dictionary

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  • Shoulder sleeve insignia — A shoulder sleeve insignia, (often abbreviated SSI) is an embroidered patch used by major formations of the United States Army. Each formation has a unique formation patch, and the US Army is unique among the US armed services in that all… …   Wikipedia

  • shoulder — /ˈʃoʊldə / (say shohlduh) noun 1. either of two corresponding parts of the human body, situated at the top of the trunk and extending respectively from the right side and left side of the neck to the upper joint of the corresponding arm. 2.… …   Australian English dictionary

  • shoulder — /shohl deuhr/, n. 1. the part of each side of the body in humans, at the top of the trunk, extending from each side of the base of the neck to the region where the arm articulates with the trunk. 2. Usually, shoulders. these two parts together… …   Universalium

  • shoulder — [[t]ʃo͟ʊldə(r)[/t]] ♦♦ shoulders, shouldering, shouldered 1) N COUNT: oft poss N Your shoulders are between your neck and the tops of your arms. She led him to an armchair, with her arm round his shoulder... He glanced over his shoulder and saw… …   English dictionary

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