Struck with fear, dread, or consternation.
Shocked by something unpleasant.



  • have palpitations
  • in a frenzy
  • not believe your luck
  • besides oneself with fear
  • not believe your eyes
  • not know what hit you
  • as though you’ve seen a ghost
  • frightened out of one’s wits
  • be like a rabbit caught in the headlights
  • almost have a heart attack
  • not believe your ears
  • horror of horrors
  • knocked for a loop
  • in a cold sweat
  • your eyes pop out of your head
  • leap out of your skin
  • eyes out on stalks
  • be struck dumb

Sentence Examples

The swift change in his behavior appalled her, the harsh breaking of any sort of connection between them.

She walked among her friends and was appalled at what she saw.

She was appalled by the situation; appalled by her inability to manage it; appalled by her loss of control.