get the shock of (one's) life(redirected from got the shock of their lives)
get the shock of (one's) life
To have an extreme and sudden sensation of shock, surprise, or fear. Mary got the shock of her life when that car swerved right in front of her. I got the shock of my life when I noticed someone standing right behind me in the cellar. Little did he know that he would get the shock of his life when he crossed the threshold of the old mansion.
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