plural noun Military.
troops especially selected, trained, and equipped for engaging in assault.
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We’ve gathered some interesting words donated to English from Portuguese … as well as some that just don’t translate at all. Do you know what they mean?
Question 1 of 11
Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?
Origin of shock troops
First recorded in 1915–20
Words nearby shock troops
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Example sentences from the Web for shock troops
The break-through was clean and the advance made by the endless waves of German shock-troops appalling.Woodrow Wilson and the World War|Charles Seymour
British Dictionary definitions for shock troops
soldiers specially trained and equipped to carry out an assault
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