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Shel ter shock - n.  Post-vacation readjustment to the compact proportions of a New York City apartment.

Newly returned from Sag Harbor to his Midtown one-bedroom, Chris knocked over a nightstand, impaled his forehead on the coat rack and nearly decapitated the dog with a beach chair before his shelter shock passed.

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