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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 BED data by size class of employer differ from the JOLTS size-class data in a number of respects: the BED data are available by firm size, not establishment size; the BED data represent net movements in employment of individual firms, whereas the JOLTS data consist of gross flows (hires and separations) from which net employment changes can be derived; and the BED data are derived from the universe of covered employers, whereas the JOLTS data are estimated from a sample of 16,000 establishments.
Five research papers were presented at the JOLTS Symposium.
In order to learn more about the difference between aeration and conventionally filled green sand molds, a modified cone jolt test was used to study mold samples from each molding technique.
An old lady offering prayers told that during jolt heavy sounds were heard.
After that jolt, scientists set up networks of seismometers capable of detecting the long-period vibrations of the normal modes.
Cone jolt toughness, friability and wet tensile tests are sensitive to the effects of core sand dilution.
DataDirect Technologies, the unparalleled leader in data connectivity and mainframe integration and an operating company of Progress Software Corporation (Nasdaq: PRGS), today announced that the Stylus Studio[R] 2007 XML Enterprise Suite product has been awarded the 2007 Jolt Productivity Award in the Design and Modeling category.
If Romanowicz is right, the current spell of strike-slip jolts will soon die down, giving way to a renewed period of great thrust quakes.
The Jolt Hall of Fame Award represents the highest level of recognition for our efforts in support of software developers," said Leslie Grandy, director of the application development and management customer unit at Visio.
Why such massive jolts should rock the continent's otherwise stable center has long puzzled geologists.
report that the small earthquakes immediately preceding the Landers quake were tightly clustered within about 800 meters of each other -- a characteristic that distinguishes them from similarsized jolts that had been rattling the region for weeks.
The small patch of the San Andreas running through this town produced jolts between magnitude 5.
5 or 6 jolts about every 22 years for the last century (though the next one is overdue).
At that same time, similar bursts of perceptible jolts and microquakes started at a dozen other sites in the western United States, including Mt.