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electric shock

shock1 (def 6).
Origin of electric shock
First recorded in 1940-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Pascal, as if he had received an electric shock, turned and looked at her.

    Doctor Pascal Emile Zola
  • Keziah started, as if the slam of the door had been an electric shock.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Suddenly, while he knelt there, he was smitten as by an electric shock.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • The effect of her words was like an electric shock to the man.

    Jolly Sally Pendleton

    Laura Jean Libbey
  • He expected to feel the jerk of the electric shock of the feeler.

    The Whispering Spheres Russell Robert Winterbotham
  • Miss Joliffe started as if she had received an electric shock.

    The Nebuly Coat John Meade Falkner
  • Then an electric shock seemed to hoist him out of the trail.

    Wood Folk at School William J. Long
British Dictionary definitions for electric shock

electric shock

the physiological reaction, characterized by pain and muscular spasm, to the passage of an electric current through the body. It can affect the respiratory system and heart rhythm Sometimes shortened to shock
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