They startle viewers, rouse viewers, occasionally put off and occasionally turn on viewers.
The group acknowledged that the tactic “was meant to startle people.”
In private conversation, he would often startle you with a sentence that was like the striking of a match in a dark room.
The desire had been strong enough to startle him, to warn him.
It is possible to startle even the secretary of a prayer union into mild profanity.
If the old man made no will, I'll maybe have summat to say as may startle them a gay bit.
She was standing with her back to him, and Forrester didn't make a sound, not wanting to startle the Goddess.
The swiftness of the movement was aggressive enough to startle.
Surprised as I was by her statement, yet the truth as thus revealed failed to startle me seriously.
I say I caught myself, but enough had escaped to startle the man.
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.