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Football Expression: Shoulder the blame

To shoulder the blame

poachThis week, introduces the English for football phrase ‘to shoulder the blame. You can understand more about this phrase by reading the transcript below. You can also find many more examples of soccer vocabulary by going to our football cliches page here and our huge football glossary here, while we also have a forum where you can ask any questions about football language here.
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This week’s English For Football is to shoulder. To shoulder is a verb used to indicate that something difficult is being done. It is often followed by blame, to shoulder the blame, or responsibilty, to shoulder the responsibilty. To shoulder something originally meant to carry something, usually heavy, on your shoulders – like a heavy bag. So, to shoulder the blame means you say it was your fault that something bad happened. And, to shoulder the responsibilty means to lead in a difficult situation. This week’s friendly games saw John Terry shoulder the blame for Germany’s equalising goal in their friendly with England. He said it was his fault, not the goalkeeper’s. To shoulder the blame.

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