a bolt from the blue


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a bolt from the blue

Something unexpected or surprising. We always thought of Michael as a life-long bachelor, so it certainly was a bolt from the blue when he returned from his vacation sporting a wedding ring!
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bolt from the blue

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.
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a bolt from the blue

COMMON If an event or a piece of news is, or comes like, a bolt from the blue, it is completely unexpected. A Foreign Office spokesman had described the coup as `a bolt from the blue'. Note: You can also say that something is, or comes like, a bolt out of the blue. Mrs Thomas says the arrest had come `like a bolt out of the blue'. Note: This expression usually describes unpleasant events or pieces of news. Note: This expression compares an unexpected event to a bolt of lightning from a blue sky. The expressions `out of a clear blue sky' and `out of the blue' are based on a similar idea.
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a bolt from the blue

a sudden and unexpected event or piece of news.
The phrase refers to the unlikelihood of a thunderbolt coming out of a clear blue sky.
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a ˌbolt from the ˈblue

an event or a piece of news which is sudden and unexpected; a complete surprise: She had given us no warning she was going to leave; it came as a complete bolt from the blue.
This refers to a flash of lightning (= a bolt) coming from a clear blue sky.
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bolt from the blue

A sudden, shocking surprise or turn of events.
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