shock horror

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Definition of shock horror

British, informal
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

shock play
  1. : a sudden or violent mental or emotional disturbance

  2. : a disturbance in the equilibrium or permanence of something

  3. : something that causes such disturbance

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

  2. : to cause to undergo a physical or nervous shock

  3. : to subject to the action of an electrical discharge

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

  1. : bushy, shaggy

  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

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

  2. : intense aversion or repugnance

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

  1. : calculated to inspire feelings of dread or horror


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