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electric shock

shock1 (def 6).
Origin of electric shock
1940-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The effect of her words was like an electric shock to the man.

    Jolly Sally Pendleton Laura Jean Libbey
  • The crowd stirred as if the electric shock had swept every nerve.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • The above method of artificial respiration is also applicable in cases of electric shock, suffocation by gas and smoke.

  • Mein Herr,' which, like an electric shock, brought him to his feet in an instant.

  • In one breathless moment the conviction struck her like an electric shock.

    The New Magdalen Wilkie Collins
  • The question operated like an electric shock upon Amaranthé.

  • Brand felt a sharp, unpleasant tingle shoot through his body, as though he had received an electric shock.

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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