from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who hits from the shoulder: one who in boxing delivers a blow with the full weight of his body; hence, a pugilist; a bully; a rough.
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Possessing remarkable endurance, and great strength, with no small amount of combative spirit, he soon became a "shoulder-hitter," whipping all opponents who were any way near his own age, and becoming a terror to the quarrelsome rowdies who had previously ruled the ditch.
The shoulder-hitter politicians, each with his pull, and each having a claim to his percentage.
Mr. Morrissey, or any other "shoulder-hitter," would hardly need more than a few rounds to settle his opponent, if his sinewy arm were garnished with the _cestus_.
As he had black eyes, and was a shoulder-hitter, and as the name in Romany means "a captain," I daresay he was partly gypsy.
He was very tall and strong in those days, a trained shoulder-hitter, and could run like a deer.
a rendezvous for fanatics, a pandemonium composed of every available madcap, every rogue, visionary, shoulder-hitter, newspaper scribbler and stump-speaker, either a secret or avowed plotter of murder, Camille