Definition of a shock to the/someone's system
- 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.
: a sudden or violent mental or emotional disturbance
: a disturbance in the equilibrium or permanence of something
: something that causes such disturbance
: 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
: a thick bushy mass (as of hair)
: bushy, shaggy
: a pile of sheaves of grain or stalks of corn set up in a field with the butt ends down
: to collect into shocks
: some person : somebody
: 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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