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    get the shock of one's life // have the shock of one's life

    Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
    ▪ He got the shock of his life [=he was very unpleasantly surprised] when he saw his own name on the list.

    Can I use had in place of got?

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    Exclamation Re: get the shock of one's life // have the shock of one's life

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
    ▪ He got the shock of his life [=he was very unpleasantly surprised] when he saw his own name on the list.

    Can I use had in place of got?
    I think 'had' sounds better. Meaning wise also it is more appropriate, as apart from a wide range of usage, "had" also means: to experience, undergo, or endure, as joy or pain: Have a good time. He had the worst time of his life last year.

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