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In the text:

"Renters are reeling with sticker shock as they discover just how aggressively New York’s housing market is bouncing back."

Is: "reeling with sticker shock"

same as:

"reeling from the shock"?

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  • @user142439 I realize my answer made an assumption. Can you clarify, are you asking about the phrase "sticker shock," or about the choice of preposition "with" or "from"? Aug 23, 2021 at 16:29
  • @Andy Bonner, you've made the right assumption and I think it stems from the fact I used the "from" preposition when I have rewtiten the phrase otherwise I had kept the "with" and mentioned only the sticker shock part
    – user142439
    Aug 23, 2021 at 16:57

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If your question focuses on "reeling with" vs "reeling from," they're equivalent in usage. Although "from" makes sense (sticker shock is causing them to reel), this construction is similar to the way one would discuss medical symptoms: "I'm burning with fever." "I'm in bed with a headache." There would be nothing wrong with "from," though, and in some usages it would be the only appropriate choice ("The boxer, still reeling from his opponent's punch..."). The difference in these examples is that reeling is a condition that the subjects are in, and so is sticker shock (and fever, and headache). A punch is not. So the "___ing with" construction works when a condition is being linked to another condition.

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