shock tactics

plural noun

Definition of shock tactics

: actions, images, stories, etc., that surprise and upset people
  • I don't think there's anything wrong with using shock tactics to discourage people from driving while drunk.

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

tactics play
  1. : the science and art of disposing and maneuvering forces in combat

  2. : the art or skill of employing available means to accomplish an end

  3. : a system or mode of procedure


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