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shock troops

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plural noun Military.
  1. troops especially selected, trained, and equipped for engaging in assault.
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Origin of shock troops

First recorded in 1915–20
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  • 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

shock troops

pl n
  1. soldiers specially trained and equipped to carry out an assault
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