Definition of shock-horror in English:



  • Causing great public outrage.

    ‘a shock-horror TV advertising campaign’
    • ‘In October four people were charged after raids on their homes in Belfast once again unleashing a flood of shock-horror stories about death lists and prominent targets.’
    • ‘But a snappy headline, a shock-horror story, and it draws them in.’
    • ‘Nothing lasts, not even shock-horror reaction to youth cults.’
    • ‘What's behind the shock-horror headlines about child obesity doubling in a decade?’
    • ‘The usual motorway jams on a Bank Holiday Monday have somehow become the stuff of shock-horror headlines.’
    • ‘And each year more and more reports surface of the potential dangers down under, with shock-horror headlines grabbing the imaginations of the public.’
    • ‘There aren't that many punches in football, and they are always shock-horror red-card scandals.’
    • ‘With no additional news to broadcast they resorted to filtering it into a nightmare story with shock-horror headlines and a paranoid tone.’
    • ‘There was no shock-horror surprise about this at all.’
    • ‘The view from the pub is that misuse is confined to a minority of ‘alcoholics’ and shock-horror statistics are a turnoff because they don't apply to the regulars.’
    • ‘It is left to the press to inform, and translate into layman's language, and if that means a shock-horror headline then so it does.’
    • ‘This is clearly a handy trick for shock-horror press releases, but that's where the comparison ends.’
    • ‘Hardly a week goes by without some shock-horror revelation about how they now wear the metaphorical trousers.’
    • ‘Ireland can be such a nice country when the sun shines, and Irish people can even be so nice (and sometimes, shock-horror, even pretty!) when the sun shines!’
    • ‘Naughty hackers and computer viruses cost the global economy $1.6 trillion in the last year, according to the latest shock-horror survey.’
    sensational, sensationalist, melodramatic, exaggerated, overdramatized, extravagant, colourful, trashy, rubbishy, cheap, pulp, tasteless, kitschy
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