shock troops

plural noun

Definition of shock troops

1 : troops especially suited and chosen for offensive work because of their high morale, training, and discipline
2 : a group of people militant in pressing for a cause

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German shock troops also were hurled against Allied troops rushing ashore from landing barges, the broadcast said., "June 6, 1944: D-Day," 6 June 2018 That tactic was inherited by black students who formed the shock troops of Martin Luther King’s crusade. Ron Grossman,, "Please, Mr. Obama, skip the test kitchen, make it a museum," 8 Jan. 2018 With Bannon as his wingman, his aim is to blow up the Republican Party, purge it of a feckless and tired Establishment, and remake it with his own shock troops into a nativist and nationalist regime. Frank Rich, Daily Intelligencer, "Frank Rich: What Jeff Flake Couldn’t Bring Himself to Say About Donald Trump," 25 Oct. 2017 With Bloomberg backing them, the shock troops of the food-and-drink police are undaunted by their setbacks and are seeking to impose similar soda taxes elsewhere. Jonathan S. Tobin, National Review, "Chicago Repeals Its Soda Tax," 17 Oct. 2017 Journalists were the shock troops allowing the nation to experience the storm from the comfort of their living rooms. David Bauder,, "In hurricane coverage, TV correspondents face danger they told others to avoid," 11 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of shock troops

1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of shock troops

: troops who are specially trained for sudden attacks against an enemy
: a group of people who are very active in fighting for a cause

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