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a bolt from the blue meaning

  "a bolt from the blue" in a sentence
  • An unexpected event

  • [American slang]
    Fig. a sudden surprise. (Alludes to a stroke of lightning from a cloudless sky.)
      Joe's return to Springfield was a bolt from the blue.
      The news that Mr. and Mrs. King were getting a divorce struck all their friends as a bolt from the blue.

Examples

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  1. the news of his death was ( like ) a bolt from the blue
  2. the news of his death was ( like ) a bolt from the blue
  3. the news of his death came as a bolt from the blue
  4. his death came as a bolt from the blue
  5. the sending-off was not a bolt from the blue, it was part of a pattern

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