a shock to the/someone's system

Definition of a shock to the/someone's system

: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

shock play
  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

  2. : a violent shake or jar : concussion

  3. : an effect of such violence

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

  2. : to cause to undergo a physical or nervous shock

  3. : to subject to the action of an electrical discharge

  1. : bushy, shaggy

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

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

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

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

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


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