Meaning of shoulder charge in English:

shoulder charge

(also shoulder-charge)


  • A charge made leading with the shoulder.

    • ‘A Lions' player ran into his own man and the touch judge erroneously cited Gareth for a shoulder charge.’
    • ‘Meissner gets a yellow card for a bone-crunching shoulder charge on Capucho.’
    • ‘An aggressive Conlon managed to win the ball from the dallying Hobson with a good old fashioned shoulder charge.’
    • ‘Tony Browne was, rather harshly, penalised for a shoulder charge on Cloonan and the Galway marksman again pointed.’
    • ‘Shane Webcke can't throw a shoulder charge like these blokes.’


  • with object Charge at (a person or obstacle) with the shoulder first.

    ‘she shoulder-charged the door, and found herself in a moonlit room’
    • ‘And in the second half they made the Springboks look like ants trying to shoulder-charge a wall.’
    • ‘There was none of the dainty physical frailty usually associated with small wingers as he robustly shoulder-charged Thomas Flogel during one early tussle for possession.’
    • ‘But the Jones were undeterred and with the help of fellow eye-witness David Storey, who shoulder-charged the burglar kept hold of him until police arrived.’
    • ‘The momentum was with the visitors, but then replacement prop Matt Dunning handed back the initiative with two silly penalties, shoulder-charging Aaron Mauger off the ball and then dropping a scrum.’
    • ‘After that came the Santini penalty, followed shortly by another spot-kick claim, when half-time substitute David Bingham was shoulder-charged by Russell Anderson.’