give a start


: to move suddenly and quickly from surprise or fright : to jump
She gave a start when he tapped her on the shoulder.

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Recent Examples on the Web Few young people: half-dead to give a start. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, 14 May 2020

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“Give a start.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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