I would like to phrase the action of 'hitting' someone with one's shoulder, perhaps in a single word. Disappointingly, shoulder is already an actively used verb for a different action entirely:

shoul·dered, shoul·der·ing, shoul·ders
1. To carry or place (a burden, for example) on the shoulders.
2. To take on; assume: shouldered the blame for his friends.
3. To push or apply force to, with or as if with the shoulder.
4. To make (one's way) by or as if by shoving obstacles with one's shoulders.

(Source: The Free Dictionary)

I will give out even higher praise for a solution that incorporates the specific aspect of coming into contact with the 'shouldered' person's teeth. It does not have to be a single word, although I would appreciate a concise phrase.

  • I'd just say I bumped into them.
    – RegDwigнt
    Jun 25, 2014 at 10:09
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    So ideally, you’re looking for a sports-related word that means hitting another player’s teeth with your shoulder? I doubt such a specific term exists. Senses 3 and 4 in your dictionary quotes are not far off, though—if the context is sports, I would see nothing strange about “He shouldered his opponent”. Jun 25, 2014 at 10:09
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    You might get away with barge (see Verb 1.2 at that link).
    – Andrew Leach
    Jun 25, 2014 at 10:11
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    Georgioed ? :)
    – Frank
    Jun 25, 2014 at 10:12
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    Are you Uruguayan by chance? :)
    – Mari-Lou A
    Jun 28, 2014 at 6:36

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I was going to suggest shoulder-barge, but it seems that is slang. So instead, how about...


Defn: Charge at (a person or obstacle) with the shoulder first

e.g. She shoulder-charged the door, and found herself in a moonlit room

Although it probably implies something more like this...

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than this...

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The term for a shoulder thrust or shoulder-to-shoulder contact in wrestling but not a hit per se is allegedly according to the Lake Park Wrestling website:

Cut back — In the bottom or down position, a wrestler turns their inside shoulder and head under the opponent's near shoulder.

Square — This is the term used to describe how you would position your shoulders/body to be parallel to your opponent’s while you are in the neutral position. This is done to prevent him from being able to create angles on you.

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