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The "Compact" swung and tilted with the jolt of her energetic movements.

I had had the jolt that I needed from life—its agony and bloody sweat, its mystery.

He, too, reined up with a jolt and leaped out of the saddle.

He sat down with a jolt, and glared fiercely at his friend beside him.

You bandy-legged rat, get up there, or I'll give you a jolt.

She'll be killed, too, if you jolt me—the shock'll pass to her.

The cab stopped with a jolt; they were at St. Pancras station.

To be shore, if anything happens, you're in for a jo-darter of a jolt.

But that fat man got his jolt finally, just the same, and got it good, too.

Just from that you can realize how he had me guessing, for it takes quite some jolt to make me coy.

WORD ORIGIN

1590s, perhaps from Middle English jollen, chollen "to knock, to batter" (early 15c.), or an alteration of obsolete jot (v.) "to jostle" (1520s). Perhaps related to earlier jolt head "a big, stupid head" (1530s). Figurative sense of "to startle, surprise" is from 1872. Related: Jolted; jolting.

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