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English definition of “a shoulder to cry on”

a shoulder to cry on

C2 someone who is willing to listen to your problems and give you sympathy, emotional support, and encouragement: I wish you'd been here when my mother died and I needed a shoulder to cry on.Sympathy and compassion
(Definition of a shoulder to cry on from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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