Jump scare / jumpscare

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Can be spelt either as two words or only one.

Definition in the Urban Dictionary
A tactic used in horror movies to scare people, the jump scare is used by as a method of frightening the audience; i.e, making them literally "jump" out of their seats.

Not to be found anywhere except in the UD (as mentionned above) and Wikipedia
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  • LookSharp

    I always thought the "jump" in "jumpscare" referred to the fact that this kind of thing usually "jumps at" the viewer by appearing suddenly on the screen or coming on by flinging itself forward.
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