struck dumb


: so shocked or surprised that one cannot speak
I was struck dumb by the news.

Examples of struck dumb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Louis, apparently struck dumb by the outburst, left without acknowledging Richelieu, and Marie’s supporters rejoiced that their nemesis the cardinal had fallen. David A. Bell, Foreign Affairs, 1 Mar. 2012 In the opening vignette the sensitive nephew of the town baker is struck dumb after an incident in his school. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 19 Aug. 2022 The game’s second biggest coach, Clemson’s Dabo Swinney, was struck dumb in criticizing Florida State for canceling their game due to a virus. Dave Hyde,, 2 Dec. 2020

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“Struck dumb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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