jolt (one) out of (something)

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jolt (one) out of (something)

To cause one to come out of some inert, insensible, or unconscious state in a very abrupt or startling manner. The sound of the alarm jolted me out of my daydream. The doctor used smelling salts to jolt the man out of his drowsy confusion. She was jolted out of her contented day-to-day routine by the appearance of her estranged father.
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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.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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