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short sharp shock

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Coined by W. S. Gilbert in the song "I Am So Proud" from The Mikado, referring euphemistically to a beheading.

NounEdit

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short sharp shock (plural short sharp shocks)

  1. (chiefly UK) A regime intended to deter crime by making an immediate severe impact.