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Shock to the system


Major upset. Unexpected physical or emotional action or news. ‘System’ can represent one’s emotional status or a business or a war-torn country, the result being that a significant change has occurred to shock the circumstances for the worse.

It was a shock to my system to learn my neighbor had died.”

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