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shell shock

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shell-shocked, shellshocked, adjective Unabridged
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  • Womenfolk who had been sick beyond belief through fear and shell-shock now became genuinely sea-sick.

  • It occurred to me at the time that his excitement might be the outcome of shell-shock.

    The Shrieking Pit Arthur J. Rees
  • A subway employee or a traffic policeman in New York ought never to suffer from shell-shock if he goes to war.

    My Second Year of the War Frederick Palmer
  • You are aware he was discharged from the Army suffering from shell-shock?

    The Shrieking Pit Arthur J. Rees
  • It is not generally the slight, nervous men who suffer worst from shell-shock.

    Now It Can Be Told Philip Gibbs
  • You said you were aware that the accused was discharged from the Army suffering from shell-shock.

    The Shrieking Pit Arthur J. Rees
  • The football matches and athletic sports did not need the asset of being an antidote to shell-shock to attract my patronage.

    A Labrador Doctor Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
  • Witness attributed the pains in the head to the effect of shell-shock.

    The Shrieking Pit Arthur J. Rees
  • Then there is the memory of the boys in the shell-shock ward at this same hospital.

British Dictionary definitions for shell-shock

shell shock

loss of sight, memory, etc, resulting from psychological strain during prolonged engagement in warfare Also called combat neurosis
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shell-shock in Medicine

shell shock n.
See war neurosis.

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