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  • It was a noble valley, now shut in by high canyon walls, and again opening out into beautiful stretches, wide and long, with pasture shoulder-high in the bottoms, meadows dotted with flowers, and with clumps of timberspruce – virgin and magnificent.

    The Night-Born

  • Where the river Browney meets the Wear, the path plunged between ancient oaks and shoulder-high stands of butterbur leaves.

    Country diary: Low Burnhall, Durham

  • Five trails flanked by shoulder-high bushes ran away from the main hospital buildings like spokes of a wheel, leading to five thatched-roof bungalows that were all but hidden by copse, by hedgerows, by wild eucalyptus and pine.

    Excerpt: Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese

  • Most of the workers were relegated to subterranean office space divided by shoulder-high cubicles.


  • Cottonwoods along the rivers made the tallest vegetative layer, and on the surrounding prairies grew shoulder-high sage and greasewood, punctuated by the bunchgrasses close to the ground.

    Bird Cloud

  • As local police recently learned, it is also a convenient place to dump a victim, with its shoulder-high brush.

    New Bones in Killing Probe

  • "It's tough because as a hitter, when you see a ball up there," Wright said as he held his hand about shoulder-high, "you think it's going to end up kind of here," he said, bringing his hand down to his belt.

    The Best Optical Illusion in Baseball

  • Tendulkar was carried shoulder-high around the ground in celebration by his young team-mates as though a symbol, draped in the Indian flag, of how he has carried the hopes of a nation for so long.

    India's defeat of Sri Lanka feels like a destiny fulfilled | Mike Selvey

  • After less than a half hour of racing down rutted dirt tracks, the sun had vanished, and we finally spotted our first lion, lying near the road in shoulder-high grass, with his back toward us.

    Lions, Leopards and Luxury

  • Keane's most interesting comment was about Pep Guardiola: "His players seem to like him, which I don't understand," said Roy, from which I gathered Keano is in no immediate danger of being chaired shoulder-high around the streets of Sunderland or Ipswich.

    Sky, ITV and my daughter all agree: Barcelona are quite good | Martin Kelner


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