shock horror

Definition of shock horror

British, informal

  1. —used to say that one is surprised by something unpleasant or upsetting when one really is not Teenagers are—shock horror—having sex.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a pile of sheaves of grain or stalks of corn set up in a field with the butt ends down

  1. :  to collect into shocks

  1. :  the impact or encounter of individuals or groups in combat

    :  a violent shake or jar :  concussion

    :  an effect of such violence

  1. :  to strike with surprise, terror, horror, or disgust

    :  to cause to undergo a physical or nervous shock

    :  to subject to the action of an electrical discharge

  1. :  bushy, shaggy

  1. :  a thick bushy mass (as of hair)

  1. :  painful and intense fear, dread, or dismay

    :  intense aversion or repugnance

    :  the quality of inspiring horror :  repulsive, horrible, or dismal quality or character

  1. :  calculated to inspire feelings of dread or horror :  bloodcurdling

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to criticize severely

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