shock

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noun
1 extreme surprise
ADJECTIVE
awful (esp. BrE), big, considerable (esp. BrE), dreadful (esp. BrE), great, huge, major, massive, nasty, real, rude, terrible, tremendous

Drivers could be in for a nasty shock when they see the cost of renewing their insurance policies.

absolute, complete, pure, total, utter (esp. AmE)
mild, slight
first, initial

Once the initial shock had worn off, I got to like my new hairstyle.

sudden
economic, emotional
culture

It was a bit of a culture shock when I first came to this country.

sticker (AmE)

Customers may experience sticker shock when they see the prices of the new SUVs (= they may be shocked by the prices).

VERB + SHOCK
come as
feel, get, have, receive

She felt shock that he would be capable of such an act.

I got a terrible shock when I saw him.

give sb
be in for

If you think it's going to be easy, you're in for a shock!

die of (informal)

I nearly died of shock when your mother appeared.

get over, recover from
express
feign
imagine

Imagine my shock when I saw them kissing!

SHOCK + NOUN
tactics
value

The scene was clearly added for shock value.

jock (informal, esp. AmE)

radio shock jock Howard Stern

troops
wave

The news sent shock waves through the financial markets. (figurative)

defeat, departure, exit (all BrE, sports)

United suffered a shock defeat to Norwich.

result, victory, win (all BrE, sports)
announcement, decision, resignation (all BrE)
PREPOSITION
in shock

She looked around in shock.

with a shock

She realized with a sudden shock that she was being followed.

shock at, shock on

her shock on seeing him with another woman

shock to

This news came as a great shock to me.

PHRASES
a bit of a shock, quite a shock, something of a shock
in a state of shock

I think I'm still in a state of shock.

a feeling of shock, a sense of shock
shock horror (BrE, humorous)

The article reports on a celebrity who—shock horror—has gained weight!

the shock of your life (informal)

I got the shock of my life when she told me she was pregnant.

a shock to the system (informal)

The low salaries came as something of a shock to her system.

2 electric shock
ADJECTIVE
massive (esp. BrE), severe
mild

He gave himself a mild electric shock while changing a light bulb.

painful
electric (less often electrical)
VERB + SHOCK
get, receive
give sb
administer

The guards would administer electric shocks to the inmates.

SHOCK + NOUN
therapy
3 extreme weakness caused by injury or shock
ADJECTIVE
deep, severe
mild
delayed (esp. BrE)
anaphylactic
shell

soldiers suffering from shell shock

VERB + SHOCK
be in, be suffering from, suffer

He was in deep shock after the accident.

go into

He had gone into shock and was shaking violently.

be treated for
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verb
ADVERB
deeply, really

The news had shocked her deeply.

easily

He had old-fashioned ideas and was easily shocked.

PREPOSITION
into

The news shocked her into action.

Shock is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑murder
Shock is used with these nouns as the object: ↑conscience, ↑nation, ↑observer, ↑viewer, ↑world

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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