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  • Cello Teacher came round, gob-smacked at the way legislation wings through parliament.

    I have a bad dream…

  • And also am "gob-smacked" at your perseverance with the Princess - every project I start, I say, I'll see this one through but then always seem to start something else .... also just laughed at Shandy's comments here as I always say after 45 you need: good grooming, a good haircut and good underwear!! sorry, I'm being silly here this evening!

    Jean's Knitting

  • Crafts person supreme, macgyvergal, AKA Supreme Commander -- when she's impersonating Servalan from Blakes 7 that is -- gave me a drop dead, hubba-hubba, leave me gob-smacked, completely amazing birthday prezzy yesterday.

    The next Jack Fleming story is.....

  • I was gob-smacked when they told me and I am over the moon.

    SARAH JANE & JO: TOGETHER AGAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME!

  • As the girls went through their paces on the evening of January 26, a growing band of lucky tourists gathered, gob-smacked, to watch this ritual unfold.

    Tiny Dancers of Banteay Srey | Angkor Wat Apsara & Devata: Khmer Women in Divine Context

  • I suspect that for some of them, this was the first time that a teacher had taken a genuine interest in their personal opinions and they were so gob-smacked by this turn of events that the majority of them opened up and began to communicate.

    2010 July « Ken Wilson's Blog

  • I am still a little gob-smacked by how quickly all this has happened.

    September 2008

  • As for David meeting Vivien Westwood and swilling vino with her, I couldn't be more gob-smacked.

    Big Brother Blog - Times Online - WBLG

  • Even though I was gob-smacked by the inventiveness of the CSP on stage, I thought it might be possible to adapt some of their activities to the ELT classroom, so I tentatively started using them in the drama workshops and classroom demonstrations that I did in the 1990s.

    Improv comedy and the classroom – what’s the connection? « Ken Wilson's Blog

  • Well, you can see, I'm very proud of all the people who worked on this project, and very happy about their work for this project - and completely gob-smacked that Fairwood Press is finally going to publish this puppy.

    Exquisite Corpuscle!

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  • shocked, surprised, flabbergasted. Comes from "gob" meaning "mouth" and "smacked" as in clapping a hand over one's mouth in surprise.

    April 18, 2009