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- (dated) Stunned or mentally unbalanced by prolonged stress such as experienced in combat or under fire (shell-fire); suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
- 1922, Zane Grey, chapter 1, in The Call of the Canyon:
- Glenn Kilbourne had returned from France early that fall, shell-shocked and gassed, and otherwise incapacitated for service in the army—a wreck of his former sterling self.
- (figuratively) Confused as a result of a traumatic experience.
- 2008 December 18, Luke Mullins, “The Top 5 Housing-Market Hopes for 2009”, in U.S.News & World Report, retrieved 22 Dec. 2008:
- With inflationary pressures easing and economic concerns mounting, shell-shocked investors are seeking the protection of government securities.
- 2022 July 13, “Stop & Examine”, in RAIL, number 961, page 71:
- A family from Knebworth has been left shell-shocked by the return of their beloved tortoise, more than eight months after she went missing.