a shock to the/someone's system

Definition of a shock to the/someone's system

  1. :  something that has a sudden and usually unpleasant effect on someone The cold weather was a shock to my system after being in the tropics. For freshmen, college life can be a real shock to the system.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a pile of sheaves of grain or stalks of corn set up in a field with the butt ends down

  1. :  to collect into shocks

  1. :  the impact or encounter of individuals or groups in combat

    :  a violent shake or jar :  concussion

    :  an effect of such violence

  1. :  to strike with surprise, terror, horror, or disgust

    :  to cause to undergo a physical or nervous shock

    :  to subject to the action of an electrical discharge

  1. :  bushy, shaggy

  1. :  a thick bushy mass (as of hair)

  1. :  some person :  somebody

  1. :  a regularly interacting or interdependent group of items forming a unified whole : such as

    :  a group of interacting bodies under the influence of related forces

    :  an assemblage of substances that is in or tends to equilibrium

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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