shell-shocked


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shell-shocked

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shellshocked

(shĕl′shŏkt′)
adj.
1. Suffering from shell shock.
2. Stunned, distressed, or exhausted from a prolonged trauma or an unexpected difficulty.
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Legion, Shell-Shocked Veterans, and American Society, 1919-1924.
But his observations of mental brokenness would only have been confirmed as one after another example emerged into public knowledge--the shell-shocked soldier of the First World War, the "Mussulman" of the Nazi camps, the Vietnam veteran destroyed from within by memories, the battered woman and the molested child.
Across the Middle East, Arab viewers saw a pair of wounded, shell-shocked Iraqi children with blood-spattered faces; a woman squatting in front of her bombed-out home, now a pile of smoking rubble; a weeping man clutching what appeared to be a handful of dark pottery shards--actually fragments of his son's skull.
They appear shell-shocked by dwindling sales, demoralized employees, evaporating market capitalization - and the lingering possibility, however remote, that a skeleton in the closet could trigger the next world-class business collapse.
Joey looked shell-shocked when I visited him," she said.
A corollary states that many investors are so shell-shocked by the ruin visited on their portfolios in the past two years that they will never return to the market.
If investors were shell-shocked last year when Dale Bryant, founder and portfolio manager of The Bryant Group, a money management firm in New York City, offered up defensive stock picks to fend off market volatility, they might be feeling a bit better if they followed his strategy.
Read's account remains the more convincing though, because it is, like Barker's, not confined by the fragments of evidence that remain, and it is therefore able to penetrate more effectively the mind of the central protagonist--the shell-shocked soldier--and the military leaders and administrative framework within which they functioned.
But this procedure can leave the worker shell-shocked in his new environment.
Explaining to shell-shocked victims that somehow it's better if their jobs are eliminated must not be the corporate communicator's primary focus.
Some, especially the old communists, are too shell-shocked to do anything but cling pathetically to the tattered remnants of their faith.