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jolt

verb uk   /dʒəʊlt/ us    /dʒoʊlt/

jolt verb (MOVE SUDDENLY)

[I or T, usually + adv/prep] to (cause something or someone to) move suddenly and violently: The train stopped unexpectedly and we were jolted forwards. The truck jolted along the rough track through the field.

jolt verb (SHOCK)

[T] to shock someone in order to change their behaviour or way of thinking: The charity used photos of starving children in an attempt to jolt the public conscience (= make them feel guilty and take action). jolt sb into/out of sth to give someone a sudden shock that forces them to act: The news about Sam's illness jolted her into action.

jolt

noun [C] uk   /dʒəʊlt/ us    /dʒoʊlt/

jolt noun [C] (MOVEMENT)

a sudden violent movement: As the plane touched the ground, there was a massive jolt and we were thrown forwards. I woke up with a jolt as I thought I heard my bedroom door being pushed open.

jolt noun [C] (SHOCK)

an unpleasant shock or surprise: His self-confidence took a sudden jolt with the news that he had not been selected.
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