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  • 1Suffering from shell shock.
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    • The film is about a shell-shocked WWI veteran, who becomes obsessed with restoring the intricate mechanical Harrison clocks, regardless of the personal cost.
    • He returned shell-shocked, eligible for a full pension.
    • The term "shell shocked" became well known during the Vietnam War.
  • 1.1Shocked or confused because of a sudden alarming experience: he told shell-shocked investors that the company needed still more money to survive the year
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    • Each film was a devastating experience which left me almost shell-shocked.
    • Stand-off Paul Cooke's conversion was astray, providing some relief for the shell-shocked Bulls.
    • Jol looked shell-shocked, unsure whether to laugh or cry.

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