(the) next thing (one) knows

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(the) next thing (one) knows

All of a sudden; out of nowhere; without warning. I was standing in line, minding my own business, when the next thing I know, a gunman runs into the bank and starts screaming at us to get on the ground! Tammy had only been on a few dates with Mark, but this one had been going smoothly. Next thing she knew, he got on one knee and proposed to her.
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He tormented yet amused her; was kind one day, and a bear the next; at times she fancied he was never going to be bad again, and the next thing she knew he was deep in mischief, and hooted at the idea of repentance and reformation.
The next thing she knew, she was being treated in hospital for a broken bone in a foot and several cuts, the teenager said.
The next thing she knew, she was on stage performing with the cast, including star turns Pete Price, Craig Phillips and Micky Finn.
And next thing she knew, she'd be at the net shaking hands with her conqueror.
She claimed she did not intend to hurt him with it - only scare him to stop him biting her thumb - and the next thing she knew, he was stumbling and her mother Carla, a trained nurse, was walking into the room and trying to save his life.
The next thing she knew, ambulance staff were coming to her aid near the lift.
Browne was traveling behind her "and next thing she knew she heard a bang.
The next thing she knew, the pan was ablaze and their home at Killingworth Avenue, Backworth, was filled with smoke.
Next thing she knew, she and Wasserman and her dad were corresponding by e-mail.
The next thing she knew George was saying he wanted to kiss her and take her to bed.
She told Leicester Crown Court the next thing she knew was she was lying on the ground and people were trying to talk to her to keep her conscious.
The next thing she knew, she'd shaved her head to play one of the eerie Pre-Cogs - psychic beings floating in water - in Minority Report, Spielberg's summer blockbuster of last year.
The next thing she knew, the woman had taken the toddler by the hand and began to lead him away.