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Example sentences for startle

For others, the clicks startle the bats, allowing the moths time to escape.
Sometimes a sudden shift in color can be used to startle potential predators or threaten intruders.
Startle reactions may be simply the effect of social factors.
He tries the horn to startle the bird out of landing, but it's not working.
The birds would stand still for long stretches, resembling their taxidermy cousins, then startle spectators by taking flight.
Dozens of earthworm species from all over the world can secrete a glowing slime, thought to startle predators.
Other novel ways for dealing with the pirate problem include lasers that startle their targets, and giant electric fences.
He never responded to the sound of my voice and didn't have the startle reflex.
Patients are permanently primed for fight or flight, and tend to startle more easily.
They're aloof, but then they suddenly appear and startle people.
They had timed the strike for dawn, hoping to startle the inhabitants.
The startle response should habituate, or diminish, over repeated administrations.
If these are familiar figures, other statistics startle even the experts.
Both meant that ordinary experience had the capacity to startle, in sudden unsought explosions, with a vision of truth.
The word coming so close upon the sensation of cold water rushing over her hand seemed to startle her.
Recalling his subsequent time in hospital, he sheds tears so suddenly that he seems to startle himself.
We still have earthquakes, she says, noting the tremors that occasionally startle her at night.

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