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startle

/star·tle/ (stahr´tl)
1. to make a quick involuntary movement as in alarm, surprise, or fright.
2. to become alarmed, surprised, or frightened.

startle

(stăr′tĕl) [ME. sterten, stand up stiffly; move quickly]
A response to a sudden stimulus marked by jerking body movements and some or all of the following: defensive posture, tremors, sweating, widened pupils, and a temporary increase in pulse and respiratory rates.
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Hayley makes a startling revelation and breaks down in front of Becky as she confides her hopes and fears, while Ashley takes the day off work to spend time with Claire.
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Starting with the silent but startling Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat of 1895-97 and ending with the sometimes silent but many times more startling All About My Mother of 1999, and including every director from Griffith to Keaton, Eisenstein to Capra, Wells, Ford, De Sica, Hitchcock, Akira, Ray, Bergman, Truffaut, Kubrick, Fassbinder, Scorsese, Polanski, Yimou, Spike Lee and Julie Dash, the critics give undergraduates a basic idea of the contexts, contents, themes, narrative devices, and critical reactions for each film, and references for further reading.
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