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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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bolt from the blue

A sudden, shocking surprise or turn of events.
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MOBOT ANTICS Cheryl, Kimberley and Nicola BOLT FROM THE BLUE The girls surprise fellow diners
Instead, like a bolt from the blue, they were told that the team was to be disbanded and redeployed within the trust.
The Nordsjaelland midfielder, who starred against Queen of the South last season in the UEFA Cup, was hit by the bolt from the blue during a summer friendly.
Then, suddenly, like a bolt from the blue, help comes from the most unexpected quarter.
Karl Kay and Susan Womphrey were in their terrace cottage when they were shaken by a bolt from the blue for the second time in three years.
He said: ``This has come as a bolt from the blue and I totally deny being involved.
We were told our jobs were safe so this has come as a real bolt from the blue.
The fall was a bolt from the blue, as he jumped so well until then, but Jimmy McCarthy schooled him this morning and he was just as good as he's ever been.
It was a bolt from the blue but I am still on good terms with McInnes.
The Novo Horizonte star ended up horizontal on a stretcher after a bolt from the blue struck him during the clash with Atletico Goianiense.
He described how he felt when first diagnosed and said: "It was like a bolt from the blue but it is surprising how adaptable the human race can be.
Danny Crow put the visitors in front with a bolt from the blue five minutes before half-time.
MIDFIELDER Jim Whitley received a bolt from the blue yesterday when he was named in the Northern Ireland squad.
Shweta, of Kilmarnock, who is studying parasitology at Glasgow University, said: "To be honest, it was a bolt from the blue.
Pc Griffiths said: 'It was like a bolt from the blue when I was initially diagnosed with Parkinson's but it is surprising how adaptable the human race can be.