the shock of (one's) life

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the shock of (one's) life

An extreme and sudden sensation of shock, surprise, or fear. Often used after the verbs "get" or "give." Seeing the car swerve right in front of her gave Mary the shock of her life. I got the shock of my life when I noticed someone standing right behind me. Little did he know that he was in for the shock of his life when he crossed the threshold of the old mansion.
See also: life, of, shock

*the shock of one's life

Fig. a serious (emotional) shock. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give one ~.) I opened the telegram and got the shock of my life. I had the shock of my life when I won $5,000.
See also: life, of, shock
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Students and teachers of UP Diliman got the shock of their lives this morning upon seeing the Bulwagang Rizal, also known as the UP Faculty Center, in flames.
They got the shock of their lives when they clocked us all tucked in there.
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BRITISH tourists staying at the Blue Bay Getaway Resort in Cancun, Mexico, got the shock of their lives.
They got the shock of their lives, for one it was a short life, but the other sadly survived.
India - odds-on 1-4 - could be in for the shock of their lives. The home side are 9-4 to win series 3-0, with England a massive 80-1 for the whitewash
The police got the shock of their lives when those queens came out of the bar and pulled off their wigs and went after them.
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MOOR Green players got the shock of their lives when central defender Andy Penny took up the physio's duties at Lancaster City last week.
MASSGOERS got the shock of their lives yesterday when they opened a Catholic newspaper to find it advertising lesbian romps.
STORY 3: A US family got the shock of their lives as a Barbie doll fell from the sky and dive-bombed their car.
The US band got the shock of their lives when they realised they'd been booked to play a pet store.