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jolt someone out of something

to startle someone out of inertness. The cold water thrown in her face was what it took to jolt Mary out of her deep sleep. At the sound of the telephone, he jolted himself out of his stupor.
See also: jolt, of, out

jolt to a start

 and jolt to a stop
to start or stop moving suddenly, causing a jolt. The truck jolted to a stop at the stop sign. The little car jolted to a quick start and threw the passenger back in his seat.
See also: jolt, start

jolt to a stop

See previous.
See also: jolt, stop


1. n. the degree of potency of the alcohol in liquor. It doesn’t have much of a jolt.
2. n. a drink of strong liquor. He knocked back a jolt and asked for another.
3. n. a portion or dose of a drug. (Drugs.) How about a little jolt as a taste?
4. n. the rush from an injection of drugs. (Drugs.) This stuff doesn’t have much jolt.
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The islands have been jolted by seismic activity since late June.
8 and 6, jolted Kushiro, Hokkaido Prefecture, killing two people.
4 earthquake jolted the Hollywood Hills between Sherman Oaks and Beverly Hills on Tuesday, followed by a magnitude-3.
8 earthquake that jolted southwestern Mexico last week, devastating sections of Mexico City and three states on the coast and killing thousands of people, was unexpected only in the sense that it waited so long to happen, seismologists say.
8 on the Richter scale jolted an area near the town of Varzaqan in East Azarbaijan province, Northwestern Iran, on Thursday.
52 pm jolted widespread areas of Punjab and upper areas of the country including Federal Capital.
NAWABSHAH -- At least two persons lost their lives while more than 40 recieved injuries when earthquake jolted Nawabshah and its surroundings early in the morning on Friday.
0-magnitude jolted Greece on Thursday, the National Observatory said, with .
9 on the Richter scale jolted an area near the town of Varzaqan at 09:18 hours local time (0448 GMT).
NAWABSHAH -- Seven person on Wednesday got injured as an earthquake jolted Sindh's Nawabshah district and its adjoining areas sources at Peoples Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) said.