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noun shock pronunciation in British English /ʃɒk/
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  1. 1
    [singular/uncountable] the feeling of being very surprised by something bad that happens unexpectedly
    Jessica’s face was blank with shock.
    News of the murder left us all in shock.
    give someone a shock: It will give him a shock when he sees how much you’ve spent.
    get a shock: My mother got a shock when she saw my new haircut.
  2. 2
    [countable] [usually singular] something that happens unexpectedly and makes you feel very surprised and upset
    The price of housing was quite a shock for us.
    come as a shock: The announcement came as a complete shock to me.
    a great/terrible shock: It was a terrible shock to discover he was already married.
    1. a.
      [only before noun] British mainly journalism making someone surprised or upset
      shock defeat/win: The tournament started yesterday with two shock defeats.
  3. 3
    [uncountable] a medical condition in which you suddenly become very weak and cold and do not react normally, especially after a serious accident or injury
    people suffering from shock
    in shock: Natalie was used to working with patients in shock.
  4. 5
    [singular] hair that is very thick
    The man had a shock of white hair.


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