in for a (shock/surprise)


1. used for saying that an experience in the future will likely be different to how someone imagines it






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if you think that's easy, you will be in for a shock/surprise

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The expression to be 'in with a shock' or 'in for a surprise' is usually used in a negative way in order to express that someone has an inaccurate view of events or is overly confident or optimistic about something which is likely to have a very different outcome than they expect.

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  1. If you think parenting is easy then you will be in for a shock when you have kids of your own!
  2. You are in for a shock if you think finishing an MA will be easy.

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  1. The teacher is going to be in for a surprise when she takes over her new class. Some of the students are very badly behaved.
  2. Even though Frank is a talented medical student, he is in for a big shock when he starts actually working in a hospital because no amount of training can fully prepare you for the real thing.

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