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 Even if the politicians want calm, the media and entertainment shock troops the Democrats employed against Trump will ensure that the pot will be kept boiling. Jonathan Tobin, Washington Examiner, "Don't bet on a return to normalcy," 5 Nov. 2020 The shock troops of the Democrats in 2020 impose their brand of intimidation on liberal cities run by liberal Democratic mayors. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Democrats play with matches. Does Joe Biden get burned?," 29 Aug. 2020 In following up her comments in a later interview with WBEZ, Atkins amplified the inconvenient truth for Democrats: that their shock troops clearly see violence as the answer. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Column: The political utility of violence: BLM and what happened at Ronald McDonald House in Chicago," 15 Aug. 2020 Paratroopers and other shock troops will parachute or fly alongside their ISVs and then ride them to their objective. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Army's New Infantry Squad Vehicle...Is a Chevy?," 1 July 2020 If Sanders does indeed win the nomination, these kids who aren’t all right will be the shock troops of his revolution. Rich Lowry, National Review, "Sanders’s Attraction and Ascent Are Familiar Internationally," 14 Feb. 2020 For a long time, Hindu extremists have hated this school, and on Jan. 5, the shock troops arrived. New York Times, "A Blow to the Head Makes an Instant Hero in India," 17 Jan. 2020 Turkey has used Syrian opposition fighters, which include former jihadists, as shock troops for much of the fighting. BostonGlobe.com, "‘‘We know that terrorists are present within the limits of the safe zone we have designated with both sides,’’ Erdogan said. ‘‘They cannot deceive us by saying ‘we have taken the terrorists out of these places, we have cleared them of terrorists.’ ’’," 6 Nov. 2019 Turkey has used Syrian opposition fighters, which include former jihadists, as shock troops for much of the fighting. BostonGlobe.com, "‘‘We know that terrorists are present within the limits of the safe zone we have designated with both sides,’’ Erdogan said. ‘‘They cannot deceive us by saying ‘we have taken the terrorists out of these places, we have cleared them of terrorists.’ ’’," 6 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of shock troops

1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Shock troops.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shock%20troops. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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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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