shock horror

shock horror

Ironically used to indicate that something is not surprising or horrific in the slighted. The CEO's comments about women being better suited to raising children has led to—shock horror—a huge and scathing backlash against him across the internet. Shock horror, my kids weren't too keen to try my new kale and broccoli casserole.
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shock horror

INFORMAL
People say shock horror to show that they are aware that people might be shocked or surprised by something they say. I felt intellectually superior despite — shock horror — my lack of qualifications. I even, shock horror, like the smell of fresh sweat on a woman. Note: This expression is used humorously.
See also: horror, shock

shock horror

used as an ironically exaggerated reaction to something shocking.
The expression encapsulates the hyperbole of newspaper headlines, especially those in tabloid papers.
2003 Film Inside Out She encourages one of the girls to consider a career in law—shock horror! – rather than deny her intellect and settle for homemaking.
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ˌshock ˈhorror

(British English, informal, often humorous) used when you pretend to be shocked by something that is not really very serious or surprising: Shock horror! You’re actually on time for once!
See also: horror, shock
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Shock horror Mr McDonald, but being slightly right of centre on the political spectrum does not mean a party automatically wants to privatise the NHS, and to suggest otherwise is absolute nonsense.
But, shock horror, when I pulled them back into action outside the Beckbury Fryer, they had malfunctioned.
Shock horror, men have been asked the same, with zero fallout.
Shock horror, the 40-year-old dared go out in public without dying her roots.
The usual people on Facebook all trying to out grieve each other in their shock horror at this cruel act.
But what makes this film different from other body shock horror stories, is that as well as gigantic hips, these ladies have got the jumbo-sized confidence to go with it.
Increasing economic and environmental pressures on cocoa farmers mean - shock horror - we could actually run out of the stuff!
He had planned to use the show to try out new material but decided at the last minute on a hit-strewn show that took in anthems such as Grace, Wasted Little DJs and Shock Horror.
Remember Cait Reilly - the uppity graduate - who having been told she'd have to EARN (shock horror) her Jobseekers Allowance by working in Poundland claimed it was slave labour and a breach of her human rights?
She's an actress first and foremost, but, as she's recently proved, the Oxo mother likes to dabble in a spot of writing and also enjoys a good gossip with her fellow Loose Women, and shock horror; she can also cook apparently!
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We won't spoil the opening episode by revealing too much, but it introduces the new Doctor and Amy with style, panache and a few laughs too as everyone's favourite Time Lord tries to save the world in just 20 minutes - without help from his trusty Tardis and, shock horror, his sonic screwdriver.
Oh, and if that is not criminal enough behaviour, they are accused of hindering patients' wellness with their own unhealthy habits because - shock horror - some nurses, doctors, etc, actually have the audacity to be a bit overweight and some of them even smoke and drink!
No, shock horror, you don't say,well you could have knocked me down with a old rolled-up Examiner.
HORROR: Cindy shock HORROR: Cindy shock Meanwhile, Emma Summerhayes pieces together the evidence and finally has a lightbulb moment.