be struck dumb

be struck dumb

To be rendered speechless or dumbfounded, as due to a great surprise or shock. We were all struck dumb by my father's announcement that he was resigning from the company.
See also: dumb, struck
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HAVING listened to the effing and blinding that passes for normal conversation these days, I'm convinced that if swearing was banned then at least 99 per cent of the population would be struck dumb.