from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A scenic area of northwest England including the Cumbrian Mountains and some 15 lakes. It is a popular tourist attraction for its associations with the 19th-century Lake Poets, notably Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Southey.


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  • According to the Detroit News, Lions Coach Jim Schwartz said Monday: We have six practices in shoulder pads and six full-padded practices in training camp, and we already finished two shoulder-pad practices.

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  • There was a slight tell-tale bump in the thin shoulder-pad of his jacket, and he opened the seam and squeezed a tiny camera into his hand.

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  • She has galvanized much of her base with her myth-making narrative as the defender of the 'disenfranchised' and all post-Ohio and Texas voters, let alone her shoulder-pad martyr pose.

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  • Let her pull a shoulder-pad hissy fit martyr pose.

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  • Along with the Skooba Skin, Skooba have also launched a shoulder strap called the Superbungee that includes a shock-absorbing ring of bungee cord in the shoulder-pad.

    Boing Boing

  • In the women's movement, "shoulder-pad feminists" who came of age in the 70's and 80's and put up with an unimaginable degree of sexism in the early years angrily face down young feminists as upstarts who fail to appreciate all the sacrifices that were made for them.

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  • While it may pain me a tad to stand shoulder-pad to shoulder with her, one thing the feminists got right was that it shouldn't matter whether she's a goddess or not.

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  • The next 2 years will indeed become Hillary's worst nightmare if Pelosi turns out to be the worst caricature of a frivolous person, because the connection to "femininity" will be made and we'll be treated to endless style articles about her shoes and shoulder-pad wearing habits.


  • The last new music he recorded for commercial release came out in 1986: a duet with Jesse Johnson, of the Minneapolis group the Time, on Johnson's solo single "Crazay" — an acceptable but undistinguished slice of period shoulder-pad funk.

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  • Mr. Romfrey raised the gun from his shoulder-pad, and grounded it.

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