As per Oxford dictionary, the definition of pull over is the following:

(of a vehicle) move to the side of or off the road.

Joy decided to pull over on to the hard shoulder.

I am not clear about the meaning of above sentence. Does it mean that Joy was lying on a bed in the supine posture, then he decided to turn to the side of the hard shoulder, in order to take side sleep posture? Otherwise, how can one move to the side of the hard shoulder?

I want to understand whether this sentence has quite a different meaning from what I understood.

  • Please give the reason for negative rating – abhijeet pathak Sep 11 '17 at 11:03
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    Didn't downvote, but you seem to have missed the actual definition altogether. It doesn't mention beds, but vehicles. – Daniel Roseman Sep 11 '17 at 12:03
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    If you look up "shoulder of the road" on Google images, you'll find lots of pictures like this one. (The cyclist is riding on the hard shoulder in that picture.) – J.R. Sep 11 '17 at 21:16

The 'hard shoulder' refers to the lane at the side of a road where a car can pull into if it breaks down or needs to stop in an emergency.

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    +1. And if the area beside the road is unpaved it can be called a "soft shoulder" (at least in the US). google.com/…: – Tᴚoɯɐuo Sep 11 '17 at 13:06

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