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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.
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be struck ˈdumb (with something)

be suddenly unable to speak (because of shock, fear, etc.): We were struck dumb at the sight of three armed soldiers in the kitchen.The witnesses were struck dumb with terror. ▶ ˈdumbstruck adj.: When I found out that I had won first prize, I was dumbstruck.
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References in classic literature ?
My fears were groundless, however, as the other Martians, at first struck dumb with wonderment, finally broke into wild peals of laughter and applause.
I own that for a time I was struck dumb by the bizarre associations of yard-arms and window-panes.
Upon this sudden mishap of their leader, his warriors seemed struck dumb with amazement; his supernatural death awed them, while it reanimated the courage and ardor of their adversaries, and, in a twinkling, the field was abandoned by half the combatants.
He settled himself in his chair for one of his interminable stories; he began his opening sentence--and stopped, struck dumb at the first word.
Nay, sir," said Partridge, "did not you yourself observe afterwards, when he found it was his own father's spirit, and how he was murdered in the garden, how his fear forsook him by degrees, and he was struck dumb with sorrow, as it were, just as I should have been, had it been my own case?
And why were you so struck dumb at the sight of me?
I was nearly struck dumb with horror on seeing my wife with this hideous female ghoul.
Valentine raised her head, struck dumb with astonishment.
So shocked was Tarzan by her ingratitude that for a moment he was struck dumb.
At length the old hound burst into view with muzzle to the ground, and snapping the air as if possessed, and ran directly to the rock; but, spying the dead fox, she suddenly ceased her hounding as if struck dumb with amazement, and walked round and round him in silence; and one by one her pups arrived, and, like their mother, were sobered into silence by the mystery.
Now, my uncle seemed so miserly that I was struck dumb by this sudden generosity, and could find no words in which to thank him.
Franklin, we shall all be struck dumb together--for this reason, that we shall all be listening to surprise each other's secrets, and all know it.
I was struck dumb at the sight, and knew neither what to say nor what to do; he did not know me, and that was all the present relief I had.
And so I stood there, entranced, paralysed and struck dumb by this cornucopia of choice.
When her cleaner, Stephanie, (Peaky Blinders' Sophie Rundle) first asks if she could hold a party at her house she's horrified but, on realising how very dull her existence is, decides to go for it - although she's nearly struck dumb when the local councillor's snooty wife turns up.