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    hi, what is the meaning of this headline:
    doc knocks the frocks in flu shocks

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    Re: headline

    This is an editor getting carried away with rhyming and alliteration. Both are used in headlines, especially in gossip tabloids, but this is just too much.

    doc = doctor
    knocks = criticizes; abandons; forgoes
    frocks = medical frock; lab coat
    flu shocks = flu season (I'm guessing here)

    It sounds to me like the doctor isn't using a lab coat during a season in which many people are getting the flu. It probably has to do with not spreading airborne germs from patient to patient. (I realize you got this headline out of a book, which I found online here: I think the author went overboard to make a point.)

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