The group acknowledged that the tactic “was meant to startle people.”
They startle viewers, rouse viewers, occasionally put off and occasionally turn on viewers.
In private conversation, he would often startle you with a sentence that was like the striking of a match in a dark room.
But nothing occurred to startle him, and so they went forward once more.
It is possible to startle even the secretary of a prayer union into mild profanity.
The sight which met her gaze was enough to startle the bravest man.
She was standing with her back to him, and Forrester didn't make a sound, not wanting to startle the Goddess.
He hopes that it will startle some sleeper so that they will move.
Surprised as I was by her statement, yet the truth as thus revealed failed to startle me seriously.
A note bearing the tidings might startle his mother too much.
c.1300, "run to and fro," frequentative of sterten (see start (v.)). Sense of "move suddenly in surprise or fear" first recorded 1520s. Transitive meaning "frighten suddenly" is from 1590s. The word retains more of the original meaning of start (v.). Related: Startled; startling.