Let's say I am creeping up on my friend who is in his chair leaning far back. And then what I do is I tilt his chair way back to make him believe that he is going to fall over just to scare him. Is it natural to use the word startle to describe a prank where you scare someone that they are going to fall over? For example:

I startled Mike making him believe that he was going to fall over.

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"Startle" can be used for any small scare. It could be used to describe such a prank, but it isn't specific to it.

  • What would be specific to it? Commented Feb 19, 2020 at 15:10
  • "tipping his chair up" or something like that. You don't expect an special word for it, do you?
    – James K
    Commented Feb 19, 2020 at 15:18

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