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electric shock

shock1 (def 6).
Origin of electric shock
1940-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The effect of her words was like an electric shock to the man.

    Jolly Sally Pendleton Laura Jean Libbey
  • Keziah started, as if the slam of the door had been an electric shock.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The above method of artificial respiration is also applicable in cases of electric shock, suffocation by gas and smoke.

  • Suddenly, while he knelt there, he was smitten as by an electric shock.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • In one breathless moment the conviction struck her like an electric shock.

    The New Magdalen Wilkie Collins
  • Miss Joliffe started as if she had received an electric shock.

    The Nebuly Coat John Meade Falkner
  • Brand felt a sharp, unpleasant tingle shoot through his body, as though he had received an electric shock.

British Dictionary definitions for electric shock

electric shock

the physiological reaction, characterized by pain and muscular spasm, to the passage of an electric current through the body. It can affect the respiratory system and heart rhythm Sometimes shortened to shock
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