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shoulder strap

a strap worn over the shoulder, as to support a garment.
Origin of shoulder strap
1680-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • His uniform was torn to tatters in the back and elbows, and one shoulder-strap swung hither and thither on its torn fastening.

    The Duel A. I. Kuprin
  • What signifies the shoulder-strap if the sword is free and strong from the scabbard?

  • Captain Bliss, of Newton's staff, by a flying fragment lost his shoulder-strap, and he himself was painfully hurt.

    Life of Wm. Tecumseh Sherman. W. Fletcher Johnson
  • So I went, and asked the wearer of the shoulder-strap if he had been at the Dardanelles.

    New Zealanders at Gallipoli Major Fred Waite
  • If ever a man earned a shoulder-strap, you did at that fight.

    Frank Before Vicksburg Harry Castlemon
  • One of them was a tall man with a crown and star on his shoulder-strap.

    Now It Can Be Told Philip Gibbs
  • Jean stared, stared and remained silent; but a moment later the candidate had seized him by the shoulder-strap.

  • Some one stooped down over me, examined my shoulder-strap, and said, "Huhzo!"

  • Unless he were near enough for them to see the single “pip” on his shoulder-strap, they would never know they had made a mistake.

    Cupid in Africa P. C. Wren
  • A light would come into his eye, and he would seize hold of his victim by the shoulder-strap and heave and tug till it came off.

British Dictionary definitions for shoulder-strap

shoulder strap

a strap over one or both of the shoulders, as to hold up a garment or to support a bag, etc
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