a short, sharp shock


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short, sharp shock

1. A sudden and severe measure or punishment utilized to produce a quick and effective result. It is clear now that the policy of punishing young offenders with a short, sharp shock is much less effective than education and emotional training. The financial bailout was meant to be a short, sharp shock to the economy, but the country's sluggish recovery has meant it's been in place for far longer than intended.
2. An experience that is brief but intense. Our latest recipe gives a short, sharp shock of flavor that dissipates into a more mellow, long-lasting taste.
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a short, sharp shock

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A short, sharp shock is a punishment that is severe but only lasts for a short time. Many parents believe that a short sharp shock is at times necessary for naughty children.
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With only a half-hour set, SOS delivered a short, sharp shock that worked perfectly.
For his ATTACK on a 5ft, 63-year-old widower, King has rightly been given not so much a short, sharp SHOCK - but a lifetime to reflect on his actions at her majesty's pleasure.
A Short, Sharp Shock forecasts that aggregate GCC GDP will grow by about 20pc to more than $1trn in that year.
"If it is custody, they tend to give them a short, sharp shock in a case like this."
A short, sharp shock like a smack achieves more than verbal chastisement.
Teenage arsonists are being given a short, sharp shock by a 30-year-old video nasty.
There has to be a short, sharp shock to first offenders - if not in prison, then a period of complete separation from all home essentials and hard labour.
Sentencing him to four months a judge in Leicester said: "You need a short, sharp shock."