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shock troops

plural noun, Military.
troops especially selected, trained, and equipped for engaging in assault.
Origin of shock troops
First recorded in 1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Contemporary Examples
  • Authorities pushed back by sending waves of shock troops behind riot shields into the streets.

Historical Examples
  • They are moving up to-night to the first lines, for these are the shock troops who are to lead the attack.

    High Adventure James Norman Hall
  • Only about 150 of his 300 'shock troops' had reached the market-place.

    Plotting in Pirate Seas Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • On June 16th the guns of the shock troops of the 7th and 11th Army opened a fire of such intensity as had never been heard before.

    The Russian Turmoil Anton Ivanovich Denikin
  • Two divisions of German shock troops had broken against a regiment of American fighting men.

    The Wrong Twin Harry Leon Wilson
  • The forces that faced them, bent on forcing a passage to Paris were composed of the best Prussian guards and shock troops.

  • Our best Army Corps, which were intended as shock troops, were opposed to the last three Armies mentioned above.

    The Russian Turmoil Anton Ivanovich Denikin
  • It was one of the most efficient bodies of shock troops in our entire line.

    The Airlords of Han Philip Francis Nowlan
  • We'll use my men as shock troops to beat back any particularly pressing attack.

    The Golden Amazons of Venus John Murray Reynolds
  • The Germans in many sections attacked in three waves of infantry, followed up by shock troops.

British Dictionary definitions for shock troops

shock troops

plural noun
soldiers specially trained and equipped to carry out an assault
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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