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shell shock

Origin of shell shock
First recorded in 1915-20
Related forms
shell-shocked, shellshocked, adjective Unabridged
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  • He wondered if she could have had a slight touch of shell shock.

    Possessed Cleveland Moffett
  • Dr. Owen thinks my trouble is shell shock, but he is mistaken.

    Possessed Cleveland Moffett
  • "He's suffering from shell shock or something," Connie said.

    Roy Blakeley's Camp on Wheels Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • We know so little about shell shock, so often the impossible happens.

    Leerie Ruth Sawyer
  • Now he has heard about shell shock as a result of a similar experience.

  • He had been mad—he remembered the doctor saying so—In France—shell shock.

    Futurist Stories Margery Verner Reed
  • It wasn't the bomb that defeated us, but our own shell shock.

    Youth Isaac Asimov
British Dictionary definitions for shell shock

shell shock

loss of sight, memory, etc, resulting from psychological strain during prolonged engagement in warfare Also called combat neurosis
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shell shock in Medicine

shell shock n.
See war neurosis.

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