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nasty shock

This page is about the collocation nasty shock

collocation pattern: adjective + noun

Meaning

an unpleasant surprise

For example

  • The news of her illness was a very nasty shock for her family.

  • When I realized how much my husband had lost gambling, it came as a nasty shock.

Note:
Also "nasty surprise". Note that "nasty shock" can also be used to describe a serious, but not fatal, electric shock.

Quick Quiz

Which would give you a nasty shock?

a. realizing you've lost your dog

b. looking for your lost dog

c. finding your lost dog

Contributor: Matt Errey