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

Examples of shock troops in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While the Emperor uses his deadly shock troops, the Sardaukar, to maintain order, rival houses jockey for power behind the scenes. Sean T. Collins, Rolling Stone, 12 Oct. 2021 In this section, one discovers that the Orcs, the malevolent shock troops of Middle-earth’s dark forces, were vampiric. Bradley J. Birzer, National Review, 26 Sep. 2021 Many of the eight hundred or so shock troops who invaded the Capitol were drawn from their ranks. Mark Danner, The New York Review of Books, 1 July 2021 But unless shock troops succeeded in seizing a Taiwanese port without seriously damaging it, these merchantmen would need some way of offloading their passengers and cargo. David Axe, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 President Joe Biden has requested $10 billion for the climate shock troops in his American Jobs Plan. Star Tribune, 28 July 2021 President Joe Biden has requested $10 billion for the climate shock troops in his American Jobs Plan. Star Tribune, 28 July 2021 The Gendarmerie served as shock troops against the Cacos, depending—as the ANSF later would in their fight against the Taliban—on U.S. air power. Jonathan M. Katz, The New Republic, 20 Aug. 2021 President Joe Biden has requested $10 billion for the climate shock troops in his American Jobs Plan. Star Tribune, 28 July 2021

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First Known Use of shock troops

1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Oct 2021

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“Shock troops.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shock%20troops. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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shock troops

noun

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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