Origin of shell shock
First recorded in 1915–20
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Examples from the Web for shell-shocked
“God, please cure the regime,” says a shell-shocked Syrian woman.'E-Team': James Foley's Last Film
August 21, 2014
When the towers fell, I was shell-shocked, struggling to find words.New York Journalists Remember the First Moments of 9/11
September 11, 2013
The story of my life: when I lose, people are shell-shocked to see me play this way.Roger Federer’s U.S. Open Defeat Was Bad, but He’s Not Dead Yet
September 3, 2013
The entire nation is mourning the news, shell-shocked by images of wailing children fleeing the schools single file.What We Know So Far About Connecticut School Shooter Adam Lanza
December 14, 2012
This is not the first election cycle in which Republicans have been shell-shocked by reality.Republicans Allowed Karl Rove to Mislead Them Again
November 17, 2012
Horror has shell-shocked every one, civilians as well as fighting-men.The Kingdom Round the Corner
Shell-shocked and buried; also gassed at second battle of Ypres.
A cousin who has been gassed and shell-shocked had come in to read to me.Fanny Goes to War
There you were shell-shocked, in the last months of the war.The Sky Line of Spruce
She was now sending it to a hospital for shell-shocked officers.
- suffering from shell shock
- in a state of stunned confusion or shock; dazed
- loss of sight, memory, etc, resulting from psychological strain during prolonged engagement in warfareAlso called: combat neurosis
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