short sharp shock


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short sharp shock

A fast, severe punishment. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. He needs a short sharp shock to persuade him to change his ways and give up that life of crime.
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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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Sometimes all it takes is a short sharp shock to jumpstart things when you're in a rut.
They need the short sharp shock treatment that has been given to the morons involved in the recent riots.
LIAM Fox defends short sharp shock interrogations by the armed forces.
The event recapped Akin's film career, from his first feature-length film Short Sharp Shock (German title: Kurz und schmerzlos) to the award-winning The Edge of Heaven (German title: Auf der anderen Seite, Turkish title: Yasamin Kiyisinda), with all the movies subtitled in Arabic.
Muggers, young thugs, hooligans and drunks looking for trouble and an easy victim would get a short sharp shock when the little old lady or young man in unfashionable clothes laid them low with a few well placed painful blows or kicks.
Maybe they need a short sharp shock such as being shown the injuries they might cause, and what would happen to them if they got caught.
A short sharp shock in the last three weeks has had a good effect.
In many cases people just need a short sharp shock.
This may seem cruel, but it could be the short sharp shock he needs.
A pounds 100 fine and the threat of jail if their child continues to offend may be the short sharp shock some parents need to ensure their offspring get a decent education.
The result could be a short sharp shock at the ballot box.
Fining somebody for speeding, while it delivers a short sharp shock to the wallet,does not deal with the educational aspect of motoring offences or stop repeat offences.
Coun Margaret Wells, chairman of the public protection committee, said: 'This short sharp shock approach to dealing with noisy neighbours who play loud music has resulted in seizures of equipment, which means that people do not have to suffer noise nuisance, while legal proceedings are concluded.
2) A first offence should be dealt with by a short sharp shock in prison or borstal, such as used in the 1950s.
It's a shame that the short sharp shock treatment cannot be applied to the parents of some of these children who have little or no control over their offspring.