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shell-shocked Line breaks: shell-shocked
Pronunciation: /ˈʃɛlʃɒkt/

Definition of shell-shocked in English:


1Suffering from shell shock.
Example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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.


First World War: with reference to exposure to shellfire.

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